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Signal phrases

  1. 1. Signal Phrases
  2. 2. What is a signal phrase? A signal phrase introduces a source you use in your paper. You should use a signal phrase the first time in your paper that you use a source. It lets the reader know: The name of the source The author of the source
  3. 3. Why use a signal phrase? A signal phrase gives your source context. It helps your reader trust you.
  4. 4. How to use a signal phrase This is a paragraph from Chapter 22 of Mosaics: Reading and Writing Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper. In other words, you need to introduce them effectively while showing readers they are credible and offer valuable evidence to back up your argument. Integrating your sources into your argument will help your readers understand the kind of information you are using. You also must show them you are using credible sources and evidence based on fact. Reference Flachmann, K. (2014). Mosaics: Reading and writing essays (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
  5. 5. How to use a signal phrase Let’s say you want to use the following quote in your paper. Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper. In other words, you need to introduce them effectively while showing readers they are credible and offer valuable evidence to back up your argument. Integrating your sources into your argument will help your readers understand the kind of information you are using. You also must show them you are using credible sources and evidence based on fact. Reference Flachmann, K. (2014). Mosaics: Reading and writing essays (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
  6. 6. How to use a signal phrase Here is an example of a signal phrase. According to author Kim Flachmann in her book Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays, “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (2013, p. 476).
  7. 7. Parts of a Signal Phrase First, include the author’s full name. According to author Kim Flachmann in her book Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays, “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (2013, p. 476).
  8. 8. Parts of a Signal Phrase Second , include the full name of the source. Remember to use italics for long works like books and quotation marks around short works like articles or chapters. According to author Kim Flachmann in her book Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays, “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (2013, p. 476).
  9. 9. Parts of a Signal Phrase Third, don’t forget your in-text citations. You don’t need to include the author’s name in the citation because you already used it above. But you still need to include the year of publication and page number of quote. According to author Kim Flachmann in her book Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays, “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (2013, p. 476).
  10. 10. In-Text Citations Citation With Signal Phrase According to author Kim Flachmann in her book Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays, “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (2013, p. 476). Citation Without Signal Phrase “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (Flachmann, 2013, p. 476).
  11. 11. Punctuating an In-Text Citation Notice where your quotation marks and periods go when you are using intext citations. Citation With Signal Phrase According to author Kim Flachmann in her book Mosaics: Reading and Writing Essays, “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (2013, p. 476). Citation Without Signal Phrase “Once you evaluate your sources and figure out which ones will help establish your argument, you then need to learn how to seamlessly integrate them into your paper” (Flachmann, 2013, p. 476).

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