2 Awesome Ways You Should Link Evidence

Amazing essay linking phrases you can use in your next essay.

Evidence is really important

But evidence is super shy, and it never speaks for itself. Like your shy friend at a party, you always need to introduce it doesn't get awkward.  Good evidence will make your argument stronger and boost your essay’s grade. There are stacks of different ways to do this, but it takes a bit of practice to avoid sounding like a robot when you do. Try these two in your next essay:



Important

HEY! This article is for using evidence in essays for English, the Arts, philosophy etc. There are specific ways to introduce evidence for Science, Psychology, Law etc., so you have to be careful when you talk about evidence in these fields.

The “Simon Says” Approach.

This is just like calling for backup – you take something someone else has said about your topic to help you out. Use this method if you want to introduce a comment or argument someone else has made to support what you’re writing about. Check it out in action:

Salmon is healthy and delicious. Ms Salmon-Expert says that a meal of salmon contains your weekly dose of Omega 3.

In this example, I make an argument (that salmon is healthy and delicious) and then I support that argument with evidence from Ms Salmon-Expert, who backs me up by saying that salmon has all the Omega 3 you need.

If you want to make your example a little stronger, try mixing up your verbs (we've written about verbs here if you need more help). Here’s some alternatives to the basic “said”:

Ms Salmon-Expert argues/puts forward/posits/suggests/claims that a meal of salmon contains your weekly dose of Omega 3.

Remember though, never use a word just because it “sounds smart” – you’ll get caught out every time.

The “Similar To” Technique.

So, you want to argue something that is similar to an argument you’ve seen or read somewhere else? Maybe it’s similar to an argument you made in a different part of your essay.

The "Similar To" Technique can help you draw your reader’s attention to another fact or argument (or whatever the evidence you want to use is), and show how this evidence helps support your claim. To make it happen, you need to use an echo-phrase, but before we got through them let’s see it in action:

Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night uses swirling colors to show how the night sky changes over time. In a similar way to his “Haystack” paintings, which use swirling colors to show clouds and movement in the sky, the background of Starry Night is brought to life with the mix of colors.

Here, the essay argues that the painting Starry Night uses colors in a specific way, and by doing so it achieves a specific effect. The evidence used to help support this claim comes from other Van Gogh paintings. We can show the reader that something about our evidence is similar to, or helps to support, something about our argument.

This is really helpful when you’re talking about objects like art, or statistics, or ideas that can’t “speak” for themselves, so it’s up to you to compare the evidence for the reader and point out why it is the same. Some good phrases that link sentences are:

This is similar to… This is supported by… Along similar lines… This is analogous to… Compare this to…

Each of these phrases asks the reader to think about how the evidence for your claim stacks up with other evidence out there. If you're still stuck on how to linking effectively check out our article on How to Use Joining Phrases here.

Remember, just be clear with your links and you can't go wrong.


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