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Finding and Using Credible Sources in Research

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Amanda Mace

on 26 September 2014

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Transcript of Finding and Using Credible Sources in Research

Writing an Effective Research Paper
Finding Good Sources
Using Direct Quotes
and Paraphrasing
Defining Quotation
When to Quote
Why Quote?
Cite Sources into Your Bibliography as You Go!!
MLA Format
Credible Resources to Use:
3. Add
Paraphrased Research into
the Text Effectively.
2.Utilize Direct Quotes in the text successfully.
Lesson Learning Outcomes
1. Apply research from multiple sources into a sustained argument or analysis.
1. The Public Library
2. CAC Library
3. Google Scholar
4. Google Books
5. EBSCOhost Database
6. Jstor.org
7. Worldcat.org
1. Easybib.org
2. Zotero.org
3. Worldcat.org
When a paraphrase would dilute or alter the meaning of the passage
When you wish to stress the point made in a text
When a noted expert’s words support your point
When controversial comments oppose or support your point(s)
When text indicates your consideration of varying views
St. Martin’s Handbook, 5th ed.
Finding and Applying Credible Sources into Your Paper
A quote: an exact reproduction of a portion of a text, usually using quotation marks and giving credit to the original author(s) in a prescribed documentation style.
Quotations make GREAT additions to your writing!
Don't believe me, let's look at what the experts say...
Write a Sustained Argument
Based off of the Research...
1. Think about what conclusions your reading has led you to draw. Then write a brief outline of what you would like the essay to say.
2. To help structure your argument, consider using a framework for each paragraph, such as ‘Claim > Justify > Support > Implications’ (adapted from Mitchell and Riddle, 2000) or the Critical Thinking Model.
Introduce and then make your point (this sentence directs the rest of your paragraph).
"Unpack" the controlling statement: explain and analyze it.
Use theory to analyze further, including referenced evidence and examples.
Identify the significance (and then link to the next point, which may be a counter-argument).
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (2010) says this about quotations, "They serve many purposes. One of the most important is to add support to your claims."
What just happened here? I took an opinion of mine, and I backed it up by giving a quotation from another expert to give my claim credibility and depth.
Three Techniques to Utilizing Direct Quotation
1. Introduce Your Quotation with signal phrases

2. Cite your Quotation Accurately.

3. Follow up on the Direct Quotation with transition sentences
Defining Paraphrasing
A paraphrase: a representation of a portion of a text that retains the meaning of the original text, changes the form of the original text (key words and sentence structure), and gives credit to the original author(s) in a prescribed documentation style.
When to Paraphrase?
1. When a text contains details supporting your point(s)2. When an expert adds credibility to your point(s) that you have already supported with quotes or text
Methods of Paraphrasing
Read the text that you want to paraphrase; set it aside, and then write the text in your own words.
Take notes from the text, and then set aside; write your paraphrase later (next day?).
Change the key words of the text, using synonyms, and then change the structure (or vice versa).
See Homework for practice...
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