Putting It Together
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A paragraph that consists of a dozen or so lines of text with a citation only at the beginning or end is unfortunately common in some students’ research papers. In this type of paragraph, there is no indication how much of the paragraph draws upon the source mentioned in the citation. A product recall might be more accurately known as a product repair because most recalled products never leave the consumer’s home. In many cases, when a defect is discovered by the manufacturer, a repair kit is sent to the consumer. The use of both boundary markers shows that the first part of the paragraph is the student’s own idea, as is the example of the automobile recall at the end of the paragraph. Thus, including the proper boundary markers where they belong not only sets off the source but also clearly reveals the student’s own ideas in the paragraph.