Chips and Salsa

Don’t you hate it when you have too much of one and not enough of the other? There has to be the appropriate amount of chips to salsa for it to work, to taste good.

Or Thinking Rhetorically.

In-Text Citations

You should be quoting, citing, paraphrasing, and summarizing from the text you are reviewing. Most of your evidence should come from your primary source.

Either introduce the quote or reference in the sentence or cite after in the parenthetical citation.

In-Text Citation Basics

You will be citing from the text in your essay. It is important that we learn how to do it correctly.

After Quisqueya tells the Riveras about Mayor and Maribel, she says, “I’m Sorry” (Henriquez 202).

Citing a source with one, two, or three or more authors.

  • (Henriquez 202)
  • (Best and Marcus 9)
  • (Franck et al. 327)

Using Sources

What are the ways you can use sources in your essay?

  • Explain
  • Provide information
  • Examples
  • Credibility
  • Quotes
  • Research data
  • Ideas!

Gathering Data

You will need to decide on the text, item, movie, book, song, etc., you want to evaluate, and investigate the subject thoroughly. You will need to find your primary source(s) and scholarly source(s).

For Example: Dracula or Vampires

Primary Sources:

  • Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula (1898) – Book
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Film

Scholarly Sources:

Search the Crafton library database for scholarly sources that will help you with analysis. Also, Google Scholar is a great search engine for scholarly stuff. Possible search terms: