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

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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 possible, use writing assignments as an opportunity to answer the questions you’ve always had.

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An academic paper is a conversation. Your source says something, and then you say something.

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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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Anecdote doesn’t equal data. That means one or two occurrences is not enough info to draw large-scale conclusions from.

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