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Chapter 9. Identifying Arguments > Methods for Identifying Evidence

Methods for Identifying Evidence

As we mentioned before, an argument is composed of a conclusion and evidence. We have learned how to locate the issue and the conclusion. The next step in understanding an argument is to locate the evidence being presented.

Look for indicator cues that introduce statements of evidence:

Since…

For example…

Is supported by…

As shown by…

As a result of…

In view of…

As indicated by…

This is implied by…

Ask the why question: “Why does that person say they take that position?”


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