Annoying Ways People Use Sources (Notes)

Main Ideas

“Armadillo Roadkill: Dropping in a quotation without introducing it first”

Topic: Kyle D. Stedman statement about quotes

“Dating Spider-Man: starting or ending a paragraph with a question”

Topic: Kyle D. Stedman analogy dating Spider-Man with starting and end quotes

“Uncle Barry and his Encyclopedia: using too many quotations in a row”

Topic: Kyle D. Stedman analogy with his uncle and quotations, one after the other

“Am I in the Right Movie? failing to integrate a quotation into the grammar of the preceding sentence”

Topic: Kyle D. Stedman statement about grammar and quotations in the same sentence

“I can’t find the stupid Link: no connection between the first letter of a parenthetical citation and the first letter of a works cited entry”

Topic: Kyle D. Stedman statement with finding citations

“I swear I Did Some Research: dropping in a citation without making it clear what information came from what source”

Topic: Kyle D. Stedman properly quoting citations

Key Terms

Kinship: the state or fact of being of kin; family relationship

Rhetorical: used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect.

Dichotomy: division into two parts, kinds, etc; subdivision into halves or parts.

Authoritative: having due authority’ having the sanction or weight of authority

Patchwriting: used to describe writing that blends words and phrases from sources with words and phrases we came up with ourselves


From the essay by Kyle D. Stedman called, “Annoying Ways People Use Sources,” I would like to analyze the content and whole set up of the essay. From my understanding I see Kyle emphasizing way people incorrectly use citations in their writings. I love that he not only points out the wrong way of using citations, but he shows you the correct way to do it and labels it as, “The fix,” throughout the whole essay. I think he was aiming for an audience that is new to writing or looking at ways to improve their work when using sources. Kyle gives six different directions at how to cite sources. I thought there was honestly just two ways. The two ways I am aware of when sourcing, he goes into more depth about them. When I was three pages into the article essay, I noticed there was a pattern. Every time he was going to talk about a different way of citing he created the heading with italics, and off to the side, he put the main idea of what the section consists of. Then began the paragraphs with an introduction and a misuse source example afterward. After that misuse example, he went ahead and explained why it is wrong, and how to fix it. This article is like a teacher without, the classroom portion. If you happen to keep up with my blogs, then you would know I learn better with examples. Therefore I learned and understood this essay very well. It was an easy read and carefully constructed together.

Making Connections

Right away after reading the first page of the essay, “Annoying Ways People Use Sources” by Kyle D. Stedman. I could relate to the simile he made with slow drivers in the left lane and writers who use citations in an annoyingly matter with my loved one, more I could with myself. Sam, my boyfriend, has road rage, and he can’t stand circumlocution articles. No this, isn’t about indirect writing but, it’s about the way people write. Kyle shares two statements on why people may use citations correctly, “You don’t know the generally accepted practices of using sources (especially in academic writing) in the U.S Or, you know the guidelines but don’t care.” I like to learn more about Kyle’s first statement. Sometimes people do the things they do because it is what they know. When Sam has road rage or is getting impatient with a long article, he needs that reminder that we all don’t have the same education. It takes patience to understand peoples level of where they are at with education. I do understand some people know very well the rules of writing or driving but choose not to follow them. But life goes on. One kind of Kyle’s source citing he talks about is quoting one source after another. After reading that section, I had an ‘aha”, moment. A while ago in my English class, we had to read an article that most of us didn’t enjoy very much. At least that is the impression that I observed in our classes discussion. While listening to other classmate’s thoughts, I started to think and look at the article again. I realized the author quoted and cited one source after another, which made it hard to read and understand. When you quote right after the other and so on it’s like, “the author has no authorization at all” (Stedman, 248.) Kyle isn’t the only person I have learned this from. My classmate Maranda has also said, “It makes you think which part of the article is actually the authors.” I don’t like readings that are structured that way unless somewhere in between the sources the author states their own opinion.

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