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Thesis Statement Your thesis statement is the map to your essay. The points mentioned in your thesis statement are going to be topics you cover in your paper. Ex: If you mentioned imagery in your thesis statement, you will provide information examples of imagery in your paper. If “imagery” is not mentioned in your thesis, you will not include this topic in your paper.
Plagiarism 1.Failing to cite quotes and borrowed ideas 2.Failing to enclose borrowed text in quotation marks 3.Failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words 4.Presenting someone else’s ideas as your own 5.Turning in someone else’s paper 6.Turning in a previously written paper
How to Take Notes on Sources for Research Essays
Organize Your Sources *Takes notes on your source in a separate document. *The best way to take notes is to first read your source and highlight important information. Then put the source aside and take notes from memory. Go back and check for accuracy.
Taking Notes Summarize: To give a shortened version of something that has been said or written. You are stating just the main points, not the details. Paraphrase: Similar to summarizing, but you are restating the ideas from a specific passage/section rather than summarizing the entire text (includes more details). Quote: To repeat or copy the exact words spoken or written by somebody.
When should I use quotations? When language is especially vivid or expressive When exact wording is needed for technical accuracy *When you are providing textual evidence* When you cannot put the statement in your own words
Two ways to cite sources in an essay As of 2000, there were about ninety million cell phone users in the United States, with 85% of them using their phones while on the road (Sundeen 1). Matt Sundeen reports that as of 2000, there were about ninety million cell phone users in the United States, with 85% of them using their phones while on the road (1).
Helpful Hints If you use the same source throughout one paragraph, you do not need to put a citation after each sentence. Put one citation (author page #) at the end of the paragraph. You ALWAYS need a citation (author page #) after a direct quote or after you change sources.
Helpful Hints You ALWAYS need a citation (author page #) after a direct quote or after you change sources.
Works Cited Page This is the last page of your paper. Every work which has a citation in your paper must appear on your Works Cited page. Only works which have been cited in your text may appear on your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page is double spaced and must be alphabetized by author’s last name.
Important Links 1.Purdue Owl 2.Easy Bib *Use these websites to help you compose your Works Cited page.
Works Cited Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. Boston:Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. *All slides were quoted directly from this resource.