Even the most well-organized, audience-centered, goal-oriented of essays can lack pizzazz. Often, writers don’t know what to do to improve the impact of their writing or how to defend their points.
It is important to reinforce your ideas with a solid base of support. Support can include:
Understanding, choosing from, and adding to this list will help you build adequate support for your paragraphs, resulting in a thorough and detailed essay. Try to incorporate a minimum of two pieces of support per main idea or body paragraph.
It is also important to evaluate your support to ensure that it is clear and relevant. Some strategies for evaluating support are:
by Sandy Eckard
revised by Elizabeth Guiden, February 2005
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