Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing a Source

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Appendix U

Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing a Source

Part 1: Paraphrasing and Quoting

Review the following passage. Paraphrase the main ideas of this passage in the box below. In addition, include one direct quotation. Be sure to use a transition or attributive tag for the quote. Also, include an appropriate APA-formatted, in-text citation.

Aggressive driving is characterized by the tendency to view driving as a competition rather than as a means of getting from one place to another. Although most drivers are content to move along with the flow of traffic, aggressive drivers weave from lane to lane, seeking any advantage that will place them ahead of others. Aggressive drivers are also more likely to tailgate and honk the horn in an effort to intimidate other drivers or simply to move them along faster. When confronted with heavy traffic, aggressive drivers often engage in dangerous behavior such as passing on the right, using utility or turn lanes as driving lanes, and ignoring traffic signals. Paradoxically, aggressive drivers often pride themselves on their skill. They see other, more cautious drivers as the problem, not themselves.


Arlov, P. (2007). Wordsmith: A Guide to College Writing (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NY: Prentice Hall.

In the following box, paraphrase the passage above. Use the reference information to include appropriate APA-formatted, in-text citations. Include one direct quotation within the paraphrased version of the passage.

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Part 2: Summarizing

Review the following passage. Write a 125 word summary of this passage as if you were including this information in a research paper. Use transitions and attributive tags for flow. Use appropriate APA in-text citation to document your source. Remember the first...
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