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Simply presenting your arguments isn't enough to create a quality persuasive paper. Supporting facts provide the evidence needed to give the paper credibility. Examples of data to back up your arguments include statistics, research results, case studies, expert insight and real-world examples that illustrate your point. A paper against foreign adoption might include costs of international versus domestic adoptions or the number of children in the United States waiting to be adopted. A pro-school uniform paper could include statistics on student success rate and violence in the schools to show how uniforms help. The paper might quote a school administrator who saw marked improvement in her district after implementing school uniforms. Document your sources for each fact. Provide in-text citations when appropriate, particularly for statistics or studies.