If you are using a direct quotation, follow these guidelines:
As you integrate the sources in your paper, consider the following:
Worksheet 9: Integrating Source Material Into Your Paper (see Home: Worksheets 1-10) asks that you work on two or three key pages from your research paper in which you incorporate a number of sources.
If you decide, based on your answers to the four questions above, that a parphrase is more appropriate, use the following guidelines to help you paraphrase effectively:
It is important to use your natural voice here. If you have mimicked the source, your prose will sound disjointed and it will seem that you don’t really understand the information that you are presenting.
Be sure to cite the source. Even though you do not have a direct quotation, unless the information is “common knowledge” (a distinction your instructor can help you with in relation to your topic area), the author of this information deserves credit. When used correctly, a citation can also add credibility to your argument or provide a path of research for an inquisitive reader.
See Step 4b for more information on paraphrasing.