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Process for Source Integration
- Read the passage, paying careful attention to the headings, topic sentences, and conclusions. Identify why the author has written the text or made the argument.
- Read it again, making notes in the margins or on a separate sheet of paper that identify the purpose of paragraphs or a few words that explain what's going on.
- CLOSE THE BOOK OR SOURCE! If you are looking at the original material, you tend to use the same words, leading to plagiarism.
- Discuss what you read (with the book closed) with a friend or aloud to yourself. This will help to reinforce your understanding of the material.
- Write down the main points of the passage or section as you understand them.
- Open the book or source and compare your notes to the source. Do you capture the main points? Assess the effectiveness of your own words. Should this passage be summarized or paraphrased? If you are unable to capture the pertinent information in your own words, consider quoting the material.
Hours of Operation
The UNA Center for Writing Excellence is dedicated to helping UNA students, faculty, and staff at any level of study and any point in the writing process. The University Writing Center, located on the 2nd floor of The Commons, offers individual or group consultations, usually face-to-face, but also online, for those students who do not visit campus because of distance learning classes.
For hours visit our website.
2nd Floor, The Commons