Key Takeaways

  • Sources add to the ethos of your argument by providing knowledge and perspectives that you don’t have.
  • An argument usually has a thesis (what you’re claiming), evidence, reasoning (how the evidence connects to the claim), acknowledgement (what someone who doesn’t agree with you would say) and response (how you’d refute that).
  • Crafting an argument can lead you to change your mind. If you can’t find a response for an acknowledgement, you might have to alter your thesis.
  • When you summarize sources, you restate their point. When you synthesize, you combine multiple ideas to turn them into something new.
  • When you synthesize, look for patterns.


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