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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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When using outside sources, aim for at least one quotation/paraphrase/summary per paragraph. This will help you make sure you have enough evidence.

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Citing outside sources takes time and practice to learn. Practice in your personal writing, like emails, in order to improve!

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Fully explaining quotations will help boost word count.

If you’re too short, add another cite. The citation will artificially boost your word/page length. Writing about that cite will add more detail and strength to your paper.

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For every line you cite from a source, have a line explaining. Even better: three lines explaining!

This goes for quotations, paraphrases, or summaries.

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You can reuse your research but you can’t reuse your essays.

Unless you have permission, of course. But the work you turn in each to each class should be original.

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Cite your sources as you work. This will save you time in the long run. You won’t have to fumble around, asking “Which source was that again?”

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