Use Your Own Words

Use Your Own Words

As a general rule if you can say it in your own words then do say it in your own words quotes should usually just be reserved for those times when the author has said it so brilliantly that you could not say it better yourself certain fields quoting is more acceptable than others for example in literature we might be talking about poetry and I’m not going to try to paraphrase somebody’s column because poetry you know the individual words that are used are really important and so I’m probably going to quote from poetry same thing if you’re writing on a biblical study paper like maybe on the phone. Learn more on a quoting field at Edusson.

I mean the Psalms are poetry to that you probably can quote there and probably should quote there but if you’re writing a discipline like say business where it’s important to be really really concise or psychology where you know the way that the concepts are a lot more important than the individual words that the person is using to express them in those cases you want to try to paraphrase or summarize as much as you can and not quote very much and your professors will usually tell you that sometimes they’ll even give you a percentage of quotes that you can have and then this is not the topic of this particular workshop we’ve done workshops on this before but whether you pull paraphrase or summarize you need to make sure you include a proper citation according to the assigned style MLA pH Arabian see if you use that one make sure you know how to do that and and do it properly okay.

I am going to give you some time here for questions but and we’ve reached almost the end of what I have here prepared I just wanted to let you know though that on the online   which some of you are probably already familiar with this is the website for the online   Liberty edu slash online   and it’s got for one thing a lot of free resources that you can just look at on your own there web guides to the different citation styles they’re worksheets that you can download and work on grammar on your own there are a few videos there are links to other schools websites all kinds of good resources on there the other thing too is the online   offers one-to-one tutoring and this is free and it’s for no matter what level you’re at if you’re really confident writer or if you feel like you’re a terrible writer they’re going to meet you where you’re at and this takes two forms you can do what they call an asynchronous appointment where you just upload your paper and they’re going to review it within 48 hours and send you back the comments they’re not going to change anything in your paper but they’re going to write comments in the margin of Microsoft Word and explain to you what needs to be improved in your paper.