During the first part of today’s class, let’s take part in an exercise meant to help you better understand paraphrasing and quoting.
In a comment made to this blog post, write these three things:
- An APA citation for the article that you read for today’s class. It’s been awhile since our last class, so I hope that you read a very interesting article to use.
- Choose one paragraph in the article that’s about something interesting. It could be a paragraph about something that the article taught you about. It could be a paragraph defining something. It could be a paragraph that describes a person, place, or thing in detail. The idea is to choose a paragraph with substance to it. After you’ve found it, read it again several times. I mean it. Read it carefully. Load its knowledge into your mind. Then, close your magazine. Put it away for the time being. Next, write a sentence that summarizes in your own words the paragraph that you picked. Now, open the magazine again so that you can write an in-text citation at the end of your paraphrase. You already have the author’s last name and date in your APA citation. You need to find the page number in your magazine that the paragraph appears on. With that information, you can add the in-text citation at the end of your sentence like this example from the Purdue OWL website: APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199).
- Now, find a sentence in another paragraph that contains a nugget of information. This means a sentence that tells us something or explains something or defines something. Use all or part of this sentence to create a sentence contained a direct quotation or quote from the article. When you quote something from a source, you should never place a quote in your writing separate from what you have to say. Instead, you should incorporate your quote into your writing. For example: Hugo Gernsback defines his term “scientifiction” as “a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision” (1926, p. 3). Before it was called science fiction, “scientifiction” was defined as “a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision” (Gernsback, 1926, p. 3). While some readers might like their science fiction to be “a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision” (Gernsback, 1926, p.3), I prefer SF to be more focused on the science than the characters.
After you’ve completed these three things, copy and paste them into a single comment made to this blog post. If you have questions as you are working, remember to ask questions, because these skills will help you as your get further in your reports.