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WRITING THE AUTOETHNOGRAPHY Notes and Tips. Frequently Asked Questions  How much of my own experience do I use? When do I bring in research?  The answer.

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1 WRITING THE AUTOETHNOGRAPHY Notes and Tips

2 Frequently Asked Questions  How much of my own experience do I use? When do I bring in research?  The answer will vary based on your topic.  Think about arranging different “blocks” or “modules” of evidence into paragraphs. Each paragraph is a conversation with 2 – 3 “speakers” One of these speakers may be you!

3 A Sample Paragraph  Topic sentence – Link back to the thesis  Source A  Use a “quote sandwich” or a “paraphrase sandwich” Introduce Source A Lead-in to quote or paraphrase Analyze quote/address implications  Transition to Source B (Create a “Bridge”)  Source B  Another “quote sandwich” or “paraphrase sandwich”  Conclude paragraph by summarizing what has been said and creating a bridge to the next topic.

4 A Sample Paragraph  Topic sentence – Link back to the thesis  Source A  Use a “quote sandwich” or a “paraphrase sandwich” Introduce Source A Lead-in to quote or paraphrase Analyze quote/address implications  Transition to Source B (Create a “Bridge”  Source B  Another “quote sandwich” or “paraphrase sandwich”  Conclude paragraph by summarizing what has been said and creating a bridge to the next topic.

5 Quotation  Quotations must match the source document word for word.  Every time you use words directly from a source, you should use quotation marks to indicate that.  E.g. Speaking about her father, Bechdel writes, “He would perform, as Daedalus did, dazzling displays of artfulness” (9). If the quote ends with a period, the quotation/citation should follow this form – ” ( ). If the quote ends with a question mark or an exclamation mark, it should follow this form -- !” ( ).

6 Quotations (Cont’d)  If you need to take information out of a quotation, mark the place where you took it out using ellipses (Easy Writer ).  Use brackets [ ] to indicate information that you are adding within a quotation. You may often have to use it to clarify pronouns.  If you have a long quotation (more than four lines in MLA), indent it one inch (two tab stops). See Easy Writer 122 for an example.

7 Try it  Find a quotation from one of your sources.  Introduce the source (author and title, if useful)  Introduce the immediate context What does the reader need to know?  Introduce quotation Include citation  Interpret or address quotation

8 Paraphrase  A paraphrase summarizes a text without using any phrases from the original text.  A paraphrase does not include any quotation marks, but it does include a page number.

9 Paraquote  A paraquote combines a paraphrase and a quotation. All parts of a phrase that are quoted directly are enclosed in quotation marks.  A paraquote is useful when you want to use a significant phrase or word from a quote, but you don’t want to use the whole thing.

10 Example  In Fun Home, Alison Bechdel tells us that the Stonewall riots occurred just a few weeks before her family visited New York (104). Although she admits “the absurdity of claiming a connection to that mythologized flashpoint,” she also asks the reader, “Might not a lingering vibration, a quantum particle of rebellion, still have have hung in the humectant air?” (104).

11 Try it!  Write a sentence that paraphrases a quotation from your source and another sentence that uses a “paraquote.”  Make sure to cite author and page number for both the paraphrase and the paraquote!


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