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Source-based Writing Vs. Patchwriting — Teaching the Difference

In order for students to participate and contribute to their academic discipline, students need to learn the processes of source-based writing. Recent research published in Writing & Pedagogy reveals that many students are not necessarily aware of the reasons why they need to cite source material, nor can they distinguish the differences between paraphrasing, patchwriting, and outright copying. This study raises serious concerns about students’ lack of source comprehension.

Howard, Rebecca Moore, Tanya K. Rodrigue, and Tricia C. Serviss. “Writing from Sources, Writing from Sentences.” Writing and Pedagogy 2.2 (Fall 2010): 177-192

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