You’ve read information on how to integrate sources—now let’s give it a try! Like before, we’ll take this one step at a time to ensure you have the support you need to use sources to support your argument.
Return to the key points that you wrote out in your Writing Plan from Module 3 (Remember, you can find these responses saved in the Notebook, which can be found under the Tools menu signaled by the wrench icon in the upper right corner of the screen). If you have changed your mind about one of your key points, update and save that information now. Choose one of these points you want to strengthen using the research you’ve already conducted in the Opposing Viewpoints database and online (remember, one and only one of your sources may come from a website you found outside of the database), then follow the prompts below to practice integration.
We’ll be using the PIE method of source integration for guidance, so feel free to look back over that material.
At times it can be difficult to know what information from your sources to include in your paper. The PIE method can help you make decisions about how to structure your writing to make sure you are providing enough evidence at the appropriate times. The following graphic describes the PIE method of paragraph formatting.
Walking Through the Integration Process
1. Review your sources and select a source that will support a key point in your essay.
2. In 1-2 sentences, clearly state what the point is that you are trying to make in this particular section of your project.
3. What information from the source you selected in step 1 supports this point? You may quote or summarize that source below.
4. Explain how the information provided in question three supports your point. How does this information also support the overall argument in your essay?
My argument is supported by three main key points. First, police officers act as the prosecutors of the defenseless and the weak in the society. Second, police officers are responsible for maintaining peace and order in our society. Finally, they risk getting injured or losing their lives only to keep us safe. Additionally, their job demands that when arresting a violator, they have to come in contact with these subjects increasing chances of physical confrontations and assault. These key points support my main argument in that they help the audience understand the nature of police work and the risks involved. They will help me in persuading the audience to accept the risky nature of their job and why it’s vital for them to embrace the law enforcement officers.