Are You Including Enough of Your Own Words?
This video provides tips to make sure you are presenting your interpretations in your papers.
Have you presented your own interpretations and ideas in the paper or are the sources doing all the talking? The Turnitin Originality Report can help you find out. A high similarity index could mean you have borrowed a lot of ideas from others.
It’s great to include sources to show your research on a topic. But readers also want to know what you have to say about those sources. Try these strategies to incorporate your own ideas.
- Start paragraphs or sections with topic sentences that tell readers what point you’re making. That way, readers will be prepared for the kinds of evidence you’re going to present.
- When you include information from a source, explain why that idea or information is important. What does it imply? What are the consequences of this evidence? What does it point to?
- End paragraphs or sections with summary statements that answer the question, “So what?” In other words, tell readers how the evidence adds up. What’s the takeaway message from that section?
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