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Providing Evidence to Support Your Points

Writing good documents is not an esoteric art form. There are several simple guidelines that can ensure that your writing will be logically persuasive. These include organizing your document to have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion; organizing each paragraph of your document similarly; and supporting your arguments with evidence. The three types of evidence that are commonly used are data, logical argument, and references to trusted sources. As you create your documents in Word, that evidence may often take the form of worksheets, charts, and diagrams as well as footnotes that document sources.

Integrating Data Tables

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate your point is with a table showing supporting data. You can create a data table directly in your Word document, you can insert part of a Microsoft Excel worksheet, or you can link to an Excel worksheet. All three options are discussed in the following sections.


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