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Choose one paragraph from your article.
Cut and paste the paragraph into the top of your message.
Think: When you are faced with source material that you want to use as support in your writing, how do you decide how to incorporate it and synthesize it with your own ideas? How can you show your reader which ideas belong to your source and which are your own? How do you give credit to your source when you quote or paraphrase?
Write: In your initial post, you will practice quoting and paraphrasing, and then consider when to use each strategy:
Pick one sentence to quote. Use a signal phrase to introduce the quotation.
Pick two sentences to paraphrase. Be sure to combine the two sentences into one. Remember that you must completely rewrite the source material into your own language.
Create a correctly formatted in-text citation, using MLA Style, for your quotation and your paraphrase.
Create a correctly formatted Works Cited entry, using MLA Style, for your article.
Discuss how you decide when to quote and when to paraphrase. What is the benefit of each type of source use?
After you find good sources, the next step is to use the properly to support your argument.
That last point is important.
You never want to just cite a source just to cite a source.
You want to use your sources to help you prove your point.
In this discussion, we will practice quoting, paraphrasing, and citing sources so we can do just that when it comes time to write papers.
Make sure to follow the directions closely–details matter in citation.
To that end,
do NOT turn this into an essay on your article or its topic.
Your post should contain:
1.
Paragraph from your article.
2.
Your quote of 1 sentence, including signal phrase and in-text citation.
3.
Copy and paste from the paragraph you pasted in section 1 of the two sentences you will paraphrase.
4.
Paraphrase of the two sentences in section 3 with in-text citation.
5. Works cited entry for your article.
6.
1-2 paragraph discussion of when and why you quote and paraphrase; make sure to cover the benefits of each.
Thats all I need to see (be sure to label your sections for clarity).
When you do paraphrase, make sure you are summarizing and condensing.
The whole point is to present a sources main idea to your reader as clearly and concisely as possible.
Once youve got this down, you should be able to summarize whole articles or even books in a sentence or two in a research paper.
Obviously there will be times when you want more details.
Those are time for using quotes.
When you want to paraphrase, be as brief and direct as you can.
Finally, heres a quick reminder to use the Purdue OWL as your citation format reference:
Purdue OWL