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Kaavya’s so Not Happy Ending Essay

In summarizing this article, be sure you focus on what Daum thinks rather than what Viswanathan did. This will let you use signal verbs more gracefully. Be sure you focus on the main ideas. The story of Viswanathan’s action is the evidence for the main point or claim or thesis, not the main point itself.

If you are unfamiliar with signal phrases, be sure to review pages 556-557 in Everything’s an Argument. Pages 567 to 571 provide you with examples of most in text citation formats. Look especially carefully at #1 on page 567, “Author named in a signal phrase.” Note that you don’t have to use the author’s name in parenthesis if you use a signal phrase. You do have to use a page number from a print source, but since this is online, you don’t need anything.

one sentence summary: Who does what to whom or what? Where? When? How? (by means of) Why? because (identify the reasons)

Also remember this convention of academic writing: use the author’s full name and identification the first time you mention the author: “Famed physicist Albert Einstein explained that . . .” Use ellipsis (three periods interspersed with spaces) if you leave out words. Use brackets [ ] if you add words. After the first mention, use only the author’s last name; “Einstein emphasized that . . . .” Never use only the author’s first name.

Information about works cited pages starts on page 572. We would use #35 on page 578. You must have a works cited entry; if you don’t your paper is considered plagiarized.


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