Incorporating Source Material into an Argument
After you have conducted research, you need to know how to incorporate others' findings into your own essay. The keyword here is "incorporate," which means to bring into a body; that is, you need to bring others' words and interpretations into the body of your own argument. This step is perhaps the most challenging part of writing a researched argument. If you merely present quotations from sources, your argument will come across as fragmented and unoriginal. On the other hand, if you deliberately use others' words and ideas without giving them credit, you are guilty of plagiarism. Instead, you must come to understand your source material, weave it into your own argument, and give credit to sources for exact words or interpretations that you borrowed.