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ENG W131ML Elementary Composition for Multilingual Writers

Source Use and Evaluation

Common Reasons to Use Sources
If you find yourself including quotations or sources merely to back up your argument or to fulfill an assignment requirement, remember the intended purpose of sources and citation:

  • Show how your voice enters into an intellectual conversation
  • Communicate your understanding of an issue and your credibility 
  • Inspire and enrich your own ideas 
  • Acknowledge the work of others
  • Connect readers to related research

Adapted from Yale College Writing Center's "Using Sources" webpage. 


Key Questions to Ask:

  • How is this source being used in this context?
  • How might I use the source for my own purposes?
  • What other types of sources will I need?

Ways to Use Sources: BEAM Model