Reasoning with Evidence concerns
- the reasoning & analysis that informs the writer’s, speaker’s, knowledge worker’s . . . selection and integration of sources in texts
- the conventions that inform how writers, speakers, knowledge workers . . . weave evidence (e.g., quotes, paraphrases, and summaries) into texts.
Precursors to Reasoning with Evidence
Getting and evaluating information–i.e., engaging in information literacy practices–is complicated. It involves rhetorical analysis and rhetorical reasoning. And, it’s an important precursor to reasoning with evidence.
Once you’ve spent sufficient time researching a topic, once you have the data you need to say something about a topic, then you need to give some thought as to how you will reason with the evidence you’ve gathered.
Reasoning with Evidence is a tricky matter. It can be especially complicated because people may weigh
Weaving the ideas and language of others into the fabric of your text can be challenging:
- engaging in rhetorical analysis of the outside source(s)
- evaluating the currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose of the outside source(s)
- using evidence (e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing) to bolster claims
- introducing sources and clarifying their authority
- using an appropriate citation style .