Chapter 20. In the End Zone

In the End Zone

A thesis doesn't become a fact just because you line up some proof. You could find three or more reasons to support anything, from “We need more federal funding for ferrets” to “I really should finish off that pint of rocky road right now.” (Hmmm … back later.)

First, you decide which authorities best support your assertions. As you write, you smoothly integrate the most convincing outside proofs with your own words. You present material logically, deal with opposing arguments, qualify generalizations, and address your readers intelligently. ...

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