An essay is a common type of academic writing that you'll likely be asked to do in multiple classes.
When you are evaluating evidence, be critical and thorough.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
While it might be tempting to go off on a tangent about some interesting side note to your topic, doing so can make your writing less concise.
Always question any evidence you include in your essay; ask yourself, "Does this directly support my thesis?