2. When to quote, summarize, or paraphrase

How do we know when to quote, paraphrase, or summarize in a paper for a class?  Let’s think about how we do this in non-academic situations. We are asked to communicate information from sources all the time in daily life, and we tend to tell people what we think will be most helpful or interesting to them at that particular moment. Similarly, when we’re looking for information, what we need depends on the situation and the conversation that we’re trying to have. Sometimes we need to know someone’s exact words, but sometimes we don’t. Sometimes, we need all the information available, but sometimes we only need the main points.

For each of the following questions, imagine that you are in the situation described. How would you communicate the information? Would you provide the exact words of someone, would you paraphrase what they said, or would you summarize only the most important points?

Knowledge Check

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Continue to Step 2, Part 3: Using information effectively