Appendix J Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing Sources

Appendix J

Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing SourcesSummarize:

•Be brief.•Reflect key facts or ideas.•Help readers understand context.•Do not insert personal views.•Write in your own words, except for quotations.•Create an APA-formatted parenthetical citation for this summary. •Insert the APA article reference.The article expounds on how the state of California wanted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. According to Vitiello’s California’s Pot of Gold the article also expounds on how the “state of California also considered legalization of marijuana in an effort to raise tax revenue in the state and to reduce overall prison costs associated with the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana.” (Vitiello, M. 2009)

Vitiello, M. (2009). Legalizing Marijuana: California’s Pot of Gold?. Wisconsin Law Review, 2009(6), 1349-1389.

Paraphrase:

•Use details.•Reflect the structure of the source.•Reflect the ideas of the original author.•Do not insert personal views.•Write in your own words, except for quotations.•Create an APA-formatted parenthetical citation for this paraphrase. •Insert the APA article reference.According to Vitiello, the courts and the DEA are still against the legalization of marijuana and “California’s effort to legalize and tax marijuana are likely to fail,” (2009) as there is strong evidence to not decriminalize the drug.

Vitiello, M. (2009). Legalizing Marijuana: California’s Pot of Gold?. Wisconsin Law Review, 2009(6), 1349-1389.

Quote:

•Choose a well-stated key idea.•Use a verb of attribution to introduce the quotation; for example, He claimed, She reported, they assert). •Punctuate correctly.•Create an APA-formatted parenthetical citation for this quotation. •Insert the APA article reference.“Other prominent California officials, including Governor Schwarzenegger, have indicated their willingness to study legalization in light of California’s budget shortfall.” (Vitiello,M. 2009)

Vitiello, M. (2009). Legalizing Marijuana: California’s Pot of Gold?. Wisconsin Law Review, 2009(6), 1349-1389.

Answer the following questions in 150 to 200 words:

•How do you determine which information is noteworthy?

The information disclosed in this particular reference is noteworthy as it refers to the actual state of California and the very fact that California was one of the first states to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The article covers a wealth of information on the medical advantages of marijuana and how patients benefits from the use of the drug. The article also covers a top level overview of how the state would also be able to reduce prison costs associated with the care and housing for inmates incarcerated due to the illegal distribution of marijuana versus if the drug was legalized even for recreational use. The very fact that this particular article is a part of the Wisconsin Law Review as well as definitely being a source that has been reviewed by peers that are part of the legal industry makes this source credible from a legal aspect, as well as very noteworthy.

•How do you determine whether to summarize, paraphrase, or quote a source?

I will normally decide to summarize a source based on if I need to cover a brief key element within my paper that does not need to be completely explained, overviewed or explained in great detail such as a law or bill that has been proposed. The need to go in depth regarding a law is normally not needed in writing. I will use the option to paraphrase to allow the reader to understand a key concept more clearly and I directly quote a source to completely backup any key points or factors that are known to be true facts or information that will substantiate a claim or stance within writing. More than often, if my writing is taking a stance for or against a particular topic, it would be more appropriate to provide a multitude of direct quotes/facts from my source that will validate my reasoning or point of view.