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ENG 102 - Composition II - General Research Guide

Brief guide to learning and writing from sources

Use Your Sources to Build Your Answers

Be sure to allow plenty of time to go through your selected sources.  The Assignment Calculator can help you plan your work. See Learning and Research Take Time.

In reading your sources be sure to remain aware of the author's qualifications, the nature of the audience the author is speaking to, and the usefulness of the source for answering your question. Review the Evaluate Your Sources Guide.

Use your sources in a transformative way.  Try to summarize instead of paraphrase.  Avoid collecting bits of pieces of information that seem to support your existing idea or opinion.  Look for an answer to your question that you haven't thought of yet. See Deep Reading and Note Taking.


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