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Using multiple sources

In academic writing, arguements are developed through discussing and critiquing what authorities or experts have already written/said about the topic. It is, therefore, important to be able to use multiple sources in your work. However, you must acknowledge where your ideas have come from through using paraphrases or quotes. Remember, all authors need to be cited otherwise it is considered plagiarism.

Integrating ideas

The ability to write a cohesive argument rests upon your ability to link your arguments together. Look at the following example to see how the different parts are integrated together.

  • Notice how the writer uses linking words, e.g. similarly, to link the ideas.
  • Notice how the writer has used 'reporting verbs' to introduce the ideas of different authors, e.g. maintains that and claims.


Sample paragraph

Further information

Reporting words
Linking words


Activity 3



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