Notes for “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” By Kyle D. Stedman

Notes: Key-Term & Main Idea, Summary and Analysis

  • Key Terms and Main Idea 
    • Annoyances– The state of being irritated, in the article it is not a rule but more of an act of respect and responsibility
    • Kinship– A sharing of characteristics or origin
    • Quotation– A group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker
    • Contextualize– To place or study in context
    • Citation-a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work
    • Multidisciplinary-combining or involving several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to a topic or problem
    • Patchwriting– A term used to describe writing that blends words and phrases from sources with words and phrases we came up with ourselves
    • Main Idea– The purpose and idea of this article were to teach and inform us how to cite quotations in a good manner (what we are doing is not wrong but annoying).
  • Summary
    •            In the reading “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” author Kyle D. Stedman reveals the adequate way to use sources. To teach us how to use our sources properly Stedman gives us various examples that at first aren’t proper. Then he dives into the proper way to fix our petty mistakes that actually aren’t truly mistakes.  In fact he Stedman actually believes that in the subject of sourcing  “they’re conventions and not rules” (Stedman 244). Meaning that there are better ways of using your sources.
  • Analysis
    • “These readers might completely ignore the merits of your insightful, stylistically beautiful, or revolutionary important language – just as my anger at another driver makes me fail to admire his custom paint job.”- This quote is from Kyle D. Stedman’s reading “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” on page 243.
      • This is a good point, Stedman makes but I do not agree with it. I don’t think he takes the time to understand that it might have been unmannerly to present a quote in an unexpected way but this shouldn’t allow for you to dismiss all the valid arguments and ideas a writer makes. As a matter of fact, I might have forgiven another driver for a minor mistake he makes on the road because of the value and care he/she has for their car.
    • “That’s why they’re conventions and not rules.”- This quote is from Kyle D. Stedman’s reading “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” on page 244.
      • If they’re not rules you don’t really have to follow them. Although it might be mannerly some people just don’t care, unfortunately.
    • “Readers get the feeling that they’re moving from one quotation to the next without ever quite getting to hear the real point of what the author wants to say” – This quote is from Kyle D. Stedman’s reading “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” on page 248.
      • I agree with this statement that Stedman makes, on top of that, it makes you seem lazy and it makes you one hell of a bad writer.

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