Research Skills for Developing Writers: Responsible Source Borrowing

An introductory guide to help multilingual undergraduate writers at the U develop their research skills.

Becoming a Strategic Reader

The first step to responsible borrowing is strategic reading.  Watch this short video about how to read effectively.

Using Resource Note Cards

When you find some information in a source that you want to use in your research presentation or paper, make a Resource Note Card for it. Resource Note Cards are a great way to keep track of your sources, organize the information so it is easy to find later, and help you decide what to summarize, paraphrase, and/or quote.

On the front of your Resource Note Card write:

 On the back of your Resource Note Card, write:

 Keep your Resource Note Cards organized in a way that makes it easy to find sources when you need them later.


(Resource Note Card method was developed and adapted from: Purdue OWL. (2010, April 21). Paraphrase: Write it in your own words. Retrieved 

     February 9, 2013, from Purdue OWL website: 


Incorporating Sources

As you are reading your sources, you will find information that you think is effective support for your research question. To borrow these ideas, you will need to summarize, paraphrase, or quote them.  Watch this short video that teaches you the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting, and when and how to do each one.

ATTENTION: You will need to pause the video to read the passages.

(Courtesy of: Researchtutorials. (2008, August 21). Incorporating sources 

[Video file]. Retrieved from 

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