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Evaluate sources: author’s credentials, copyright date, cited sources

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Info in a paraphrase can be re-arranged. Info in a summary must stay in the same order as the original.

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A summary is when you condense a large amount of info into just a sentence or two. You might summarize an entire book or movie, for example.

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A paraphrase is rewriting someone else’s ideas in your own words. A paraphrase should be about the same length as the original.

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A quotation is when you use someone else’s words directly. Use quotation marks to show someone else is talking.

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“Credible” means believable. “Creditable” means “deserving credit.” You want credible sources to support your points.

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I can’t give you a good rule of thumb or equation to use, but it takes me about an hour to write one page, double-spaced. I hope that can help you budget your time.

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Research questions: Why does…..? How does X affect Y? What happens when……..? How was Z changed/will change?

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Essay topics: Something related to your major or future career; something related to a favorite book or movie; answering a question you’ve always wondered about.

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When paraphrasing or summarizing, make sure you have accurately represented the original viewpoint. An omitted or add word can change the original meaning.

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