Just two more weeks and the most difficult part of our course will be over.
In today's class, we learned about paraphrasing. This is another way we can include information into our research papers from our sources. When you paraphrase, you put the author’s ideas into your own words. Even if you want to use general facts from your source, you still have to paraphrase this information.
Remember that some paraphrases need in-text citation and some paraphrases do not require it.
Before you paraphrase, you have to identify shared language (= words that you cannot change) and find synonyms for words that you can change. This is the most important step in writing a good paraphrase.
This is a difficult skill to master and it often takes a long time to paraphrase information. I even have trouble paraphrasing when I have to prepare research papers, too. Be patient and don’t give up!
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We had another busy class. I can't believe how quickly the time passes in our lesson.
We learned how to make a bibliography for a research paper. A bibliography is an alphabetical list of all the sources you use for your research paper. When you organize your source information in your bibliography, you need to arrange it using the MLA style (MLA=Modern Language Association).
MLA referencing is one of the ways you can document your sources in your research paper. This style is used in the humanities, especially for writing about language and literature. Your AWSB does not include every format for all the different types of sources. If you can ‘t find the MLA format for a source in your AWSB, you can refer to this website for the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). It has the formats for all types of sources:
Purdue Online Writing Lab
1. Find five sources (one source can be in Japanese)
2. Type your bibliography.
3. List your sources in alphabetical order.
4. Use MLA referencing for your bibliography.
5. Submit by email by October 15 before 6:00pm.
Most of the information from our lessons can be found in the Writing --> Research Paper section on the website.
Additional MLA Referencing:
Some students asked me during class for MLA referencing for You Tube videos, documentaries and books with no authors. You can find the format for these references in the file at the end of today's summary.
1. Bibliography: email by Oct. 15 before 6:00pm.
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What is your topic? What three subtopics are you going to analyze in your research paper?