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Terms for Research Papers. Using MLA Documentation Definitions taken in part from Simon & Schuster’s Handbook for Writers , 1990. Paraphrase. “A detailed restatement of someone else’s statement expressed in your own words and your own sentence structure” (Simon and Schuster 580). Summary.

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terms for research papers

Terms for Research Papers

Using MLA Documentation

Definitions taken in part from Simon & Schuster’s Handbook for Writers, 1990.

paraphrase
Paraphrase
  • “A detailed restatement of someone else’s statement expressed in your own words and your own sentence structure” (Simon and Schuster 580).
summary
Summary
  • “A condensed statement of the main points of someone else’s passage expressed in your own words and sentence structure” (Simon and Schuster 580).
quotation marks
Quotation Marks
  • “ “
  • These marks are placed around any text that you directly copy from a source.
quotation
Quotation
  • “Exact words of a source set off in quotation marks” (Simon and Schuster 580).
plagiarism
Plagiarism
  • “To present another person’s words or ideas as if they were your own” (Simon and Schuster 581).
common knowledge
Common Knowledge
  • “Information that most educated people know” (Simon and Schuster 581).
your own thinking
Your Own Thinking
  • Examples: Thesis Statement, organizing sentences, comments, transitional sentences, ‘call to action’ paragraphs (Simon and Schuster 582). These do not need to be documented.
documentation
Documentation
  • “Acknowledging your sources by giving full and accurate information about the author, title, date of publication and related facts” (Simon and Schuster 583).
works cited
Works Cited
  • Resource and publication information found at the end of a research paper.
direct quote
Direct Quote
  • Exact words of a source set off in quotation marks.
thesis statement
Thesis Statement
  • A focused sentence. It contains the main point of your paper. It usually appears as the last sentence of your first paragraph. This sentence should be your own thinking.