Writing with Sources

Learn to summarize, paraphrase, and cite sources. Weave others’ ideas and words into your texts in ways that support your thesis/research question, information, rhetorical stance.

Writing with Sources concerns

  • how to weave the ideas and language of others into the fabric of your texts
  • how to quote, paraphrase, summarize
  • how to navigate ethical concerns, plagiarism guidelines, copyright, and intellectual property.

See Also
Information Literacy

Weaving the ideas and language of others into the fabric of your text can be challenging:

  • If you add too many quotes, paraphrases, or summarizes into your text, your reader may become unsure about what ideas and language you wrote versus what you imported.
  • if you don’t clarify the Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose of the outside source, your reader may dismiss the source as Fake News.

Writing with Sources provides strategic, practical advice for quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing sources.

Related Concepts

Attribution, Citation, & References

Avoid unintended plagiarism.

Information Literacy

Avoid being duped. Learn to be a critical consumer and producer of information. Critically evaluate information (e.g, distinguish fake news from real news). Be aware of ethical and unethical uses of information, including plagiarism. Strategically weave sources into your text without undermining your purpose, voice or tone.

Information Literacy Perspectives & Practices

Learn core competencies associated with identifying, finding, evaluating, applying, and acknowledging information.

Intellectual Property

Understand intellectual property, copyright, and . In our digital age, where users can easily download information, we must consider these issues from an ethical perspective as well.

Edit for Plagiarism

Consider using a plagiarism checklist as you draft and edit your work.


Understand the ethical responsibilities of authors. Avoid plagiarism and academic dishonesty.