“Annoying Ways People Use Sources” Notes

Summary: With being a writer, there comes several concepts that we need to properly learn—citations and works cited pages. We tend to look over our simple mistakes or a writer would call it “annoyances.” We have to follow a standard guideline on how to properly integrate a source and to correctly cite it. The author, Kyle Stedman, gives out examples (with easy to remember names) and further explains the problem or annoyance and then moves into giving us advice and fixes the annoyances that many often do. The author gives us many new helpful tips on how to successfully add in other pieces sources into the piece of writing that you are working on.

Main Idea: Integrating sources into a writing piece takes planning and simple guidelines to successfully complete.

Key Terms:

  • Annoyances: a thing that annoys someone; a nuisance
  • Citation: a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work
  • Quotation: a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker
  • Balance: a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions
  • Preparation: the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration

Commentary: While reading through this piece of writing, I came across something that caught my eye. Stedman, the author, gives us readers great titles to remember some annoyances that many people often do. Titles include I Can’t Find the Stupid Link, Am I in the Right Movie?, and many more. However, there was one that I couldn’t agree more on—Dating Spiderman. At first, the word “Spiderman” caught my eye. You could say I have this interest in the character Spiderman. Of course I am being a little bias, but after reading the description I could find myself relating to it from past experiences. Not only in the way that Spiderman literally drops everything to the ground whenever he hears danger call to him, but in the annoyance of sourcing. I have read papers that the author drops in quotes but does not fully explain its importance or reason to be in the paper in the first place. I have done that before. At the moment, you think that adding in more evidence or quotations amps the paper, but in reality, it only solidifies your writing if it has a relative place in it.

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