Learn more about how to evaluate evidence.
Good academic writers will offer evidence to support what they say – just as you will, in your own work. In order to judge whether you agree with a writer’s conclusions, or to say that you are persuaded by one idea rather than another, you need to be able to evaluate the evidence: to assess whether or not the evidence is convincing. It is not enough to write, ‘There is evidence on both sides’ – evidence does not all carry equal weight, and you need to be able to decide which evidence is more reliable and which more questionable.
This section covers the following topics:
- Finding and evaluating evidence
- Evaluating sources of evidence
- Checking for bias
- Evaluating statistics and numbers
- Evaluating samples
- Persuasive and emotive language
- Does the evidence support the conclusion?
- Tips from other students
- Practise evaluating evidence
- Skills self-assessment