Summary, Quotation, and Paraphrasing

•November 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A “how-to” from the Owl at Perdue,  plus a sample essay to see it in action.

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MLA citation guidelines

•November 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

From the OWL at Perdue. Remember, they are also found in your St. Martin’s Handbook, pages 300 -336.

It is also acceptable to use websites such as easybib.com and citationmachine.net, as well as the automatic citation function in Ebscohost.

Critical Analysis: articles on Joshua Bell, Bill Clinton, and Britney Spears

•November 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

What is the thesis of the Joshua Bell article? What are the three sources providing, in your opinion, the most compelling evidence to support this thesis? What is this compelling evidence?

What is the thesis of the Bill Clinton article? What are the three sources providing, in your opinion, the most compelling evidence to support this thesis? What is this compelling evidence?

What is the thesis of the Britney Spears article? What are the three sources providing, in your opinion, the most compelling evidence to support this thesis? What is this compelling evidence?

What makes for a good source?

•November 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

• A national, credible magazine created, written, and edited by journalist/editors. (Not blogs or online magazines written and edited by enthusiasts or hobbyists.)

• A peer-reviewed online or print journal. (Not a website or “journal” from a company with a product to sell.) How do you know if a journal is peer reviewed? Check the masthead.

• An expert in the field. (Not a spokesperson, pitchman, or pundit.)

• The original source material, such as a piece of art or music, the Congressional Record, or the text of a speech.

For more, check the Owl at Perdue’s recommendations for Evaluation During Reading as well as the Owl’s recommendations for Evaluation Print vs. Internet Sources.

Extended use of commas

•November 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/02/

Updates

•October 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

1.) The Third Draft is due on Tuesday, October 27. This is to give your instructor enough time to return your Second Drafts to you. (I need more time to grade them.) It also allows us time to actually TALK about the papers at our midterm meeting, which is a great use of your individual time with your instructor.

2.) Everything else remains the same. Writing Center (but no class) on October 15. Midterm meetings on October 20. No class on October 22.

—Steph

The Rhetoric of Football

•October 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

First this.

Then this.

Football as Combat

Football as Friendship

Football as Parent Figure

Football as Child’s Play

Football as Brotherhood

Football as Human Drama

Football as Story

Football as Special Occasion

Football as the Realm of Superheroes

Football as the Realm of Rock Stars

Football as the Realm of Criminals [Note: Banned, and graphic]

Football as Gift

And a bonus, for all you soccer fans:

Soccer as Religious Crusade [Note: Banned, and graphic]