Questions for final draft (redux)?

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10 thoughts on “Questions for final draft (redux)?”

  1. Professor Troutman do you mind helping me cite this image (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Englishham.jpg). I know I can cite a title, original artist, medium, and publication date for it, but am I citing it as an image from an online encyclopedia or from some original place? Also I have another image of the posters that I can only find from blogs (http://propagandaposters.tumblr.com/page/2) and other websites that aren’t as credible as the one from . How do I go about citing that. I have looked at the handling images, but I am still a little confused because it isn’t an archival that’s right in from of me. Whenever you get a chance please let me know what to do. Thanks for the help professor.

  2. @mak30alek, in both cases, you cite the full information for the original poster (what you know about it), and then cite the website at which you found it reprinted, regardless how “credible” that site might be in other regards (i.e., you trust that this is an accurate copy of the picture, right?). Sometimes you have to cobble together a citation from the relevant models. Use Lipson, Cite Right, for a combination of archival materials, visual materials, and websites. And reprinted materials. See how close you can make it to his models while still getting in all this information.

  3. Someone asked about citing Wikipedia, as there are no authors. See Lipson on citing items with no authors. You simply start with the article title.

  4. Professor Troutman,
    If I discuss something within my paper that is not quoted, but in a way paraphrased in my own words, do I still cite it, and if so do I just put (Author, page) at the end of my thoughts? Please let me know if this is correct. Thanks

  5. If you’re summarizing/paraphrasing, yes cite it, just as you would if quoting (assuming it is either a non-fact or is a fact that is not widely known and easy to find anywhere. I.e., cite non-facts and more obscure facts.

  6. Thanks, one more thing. Are we supposed to sound hesitant towards our claim in that it is uncertain and a claim, or can we imply that our claim may be the truth? I am mainly questioning because I am looking over the wording that I am using and want it to come off properly. Thanks for all the help Professor Troutman.

  7. Language that hedges and qualifies can help strengthen our willingness to sustain the claim, especially if it is highly contestable or is, at some point, speculative or very interpretative. Often the boldest-sounding claims are the least tenable, and readers can be put off by excessive confidence in interpretative claims. Exceptions abound, however, so use your best judgement. You might check out other students’ final drafts for models; see how you respond to their language, and use that as a guide.

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