Writing Tip #32 - Prove It: Incorporating Evidence
Scottish philosopher, David Hume (1711-1776), said: “A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” This is the standard to which your professors will hold your papers! If you make an assertion, incorporate evidence for that statement.
For instance, if you make a statement such as: “John Doe believed that scientific proof of Bigfoot existed.” you must support that statement with evidence. Where did you find this information? The correct way to cite and reference this statement in APA format is:
John Doe believed that scientific proof of Bigfoot existed (Smith & Jones, 1998).
Reference: (on reference page) Smith, J. & Jones, J. (1998). Bigfoot. The Journal of Nature’s Beasts, 18(4), 16-18.
In academic writing, evidence usually involves the use of citations and references. If you don’t have a clue how to cite or reference, look at earlier Writing Tip posts or the Writing Center. Using evidence will show your professor that you are a serious, scholarly writer.