Wednesday, May 9, 2012
It is important that an essay not be a series of quotes or paraphrased material; one’s own analysis must be part of the essay. How can you create a balance between your own analysis and the source material?
You can balance your own analysis and the source materials by taking notes when doing your research. While doing that you don’t want your essay to seem like it’s depending on the source instead of your thought also. It is alright to use ideas from the sources to make points but you don’t want to use too much of their information over your own voice. I rather quote when writing because it is so hard not to paraphrase without feeling like you are stealing someone else work. When you quote you can state where you got that information from and they will still receive all of the credit. You still don’t want to quote too much because you want to be able to voice your own opinions rather you agree or disagree.