Integrating Sources into your Writing

Once you have found the material to include in your writing, you need to incorporate this material into your writing.  The resources below will show you have to integrate sources into your writing by properly quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing the words and ideas of others.


Resources (ranked choices)


#1 – How to Work with Information from Sources: Quotations, Paraphrases, and Summaries [TUTORIAL]
Bedford Research Room
http://bedfordstmartins.com/researchroom/sources/

Developed by Mike Palmquist, Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, author of The Bedford Researcher and developer of the acclaimed online writing studio writing@csu, This tutorial walks the user through how to integrate sources through direct quotations, paraphrases, and summaries.  Each section includes examples from student writing, but there are no interactive elements in this tutorial.

#2 – Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing [E-HANDOUT]
The OWL at Purdue
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/

Purdue’s OWL (Online Writing Lab) was one of the first such online services and remains one of the most respected.  These e-handouts cover the basics of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.

#3 – Bedford Researcher Companion Web Site [TUTORIAL]
Mike Palmquist (2006)
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/bedfordresearcher/tutorials/ 

This is the online tutorial from the companion web site of The Bedford Researcher by Mike Palmquist, Professor of English and University Distinquished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University and developer of the acclaimed online writing studio writing@csu.  Of particular note is  Chapter 13: How Do I Integrate a Quotation into my Draft?  Chapter 13 goes over integrating direct quotations into a sentence or paragraph with ample practice every step of the way.

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One Response to Integrating Sources into your Writing

  1. bizresults says:

    I have a few questions.

    1. What if I am trying to quote someone but do not rememeber the exact quote. Do I use quotation marks?
    a. Is this proper or should I not use qoutation marks if I can’t remember the exact quote?
    – In one of Gerry Spence’s books I read nearly 15 years ago he said something along the lines of “You can let corporate suck the life out of you and use you up until you have nothing left or you can own your own business.”
    2. How do I reference wikepedia for a major portion of page content when adding my own content as well?
    3. If I use 9 of 12 list comments altering and adding one of my own to make itmy own 10 list is that plagerism?

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