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Preparing evidence

This section shows you how to prepare your evidence before you begin writing.

Step 1
Research, read and consult sources.
In your research and reading you will meet a range of information, findings, perspectives and arguments. Typically, you will find both supporting and conflicting perspectives and evidence. Some information and evidence will appear very relevant, other information not so relevant. Some evidence may appear as questionable, or open to criticism; other information reputable and reliable.
Step 2
Form conclusions, on the basis of your research and reading, about the most appropriate approach to the topic.

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You work out what your overall approach is going to be. You identify your thesis and the evidence you are going to rely on to help you report it most effectively. This represents your 'voice' in the writing.
Step 3
Organise your arguments and select from the available evidence to report them convincingly.

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You cannot include all the evidence, nor will you want to. You must make decisions about the perspectives that are most relevant to the topic and decide which of those perspectives you endorse. Some arguments and evidence you will want to report as central to your view of things; some quite strongly, some less strongly, some as marginally important, some as not worth much attention, and so on. You cannot simply omit evidence that does not support your own view. If you do, you may be accused of poor scholarship. However, you want to distance yourself from this evidence by criticising it to make it appear questionable or unimportant.