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    Example and Directions
    Words (or words that have the same definition) The definition is case sensitive (Optional) Image to display with the definition [Not displayed in Glossary, only in pop-up on pages] (Optional) Caption for Image (Optional) External or Internal Link (Optional) Source for Definition
    (Eg. "Genetic, Hereditary, DNA ...") (Eg. "Relating to genes or heredity") The infamous double helix CC-BY-SA; Delmar Larsen
    Glossary Entries
    Word(s) Definition Image Caption Link Source
    analyze, analysis Carefully study and explain the importance of a piece of information, a problem, a pattern, etc.        
    annotate, annotation Write notes directly on a text, including questions, comments, critiques, or explanations.        
    audience Who the writer imagines are the readers of their text. Writers think about what the audience already knows and how to connect with them.        
    cite, citation Showing where an idea comes from; giving credit to the source.        
    claim A writer's opinion or position. It should be supported by evidence. Used as a reporting verb, claim implies that the author may not have strong evidence to support their point.        
    cohesion  Strategies writers use to connect ideas, make writing flow, and help readers easily follow the text structure.        
    coordination Joining two or more ideas that are the same level or type.        
    credential Someone’s qualifications or expertise. It can be a degree, certificate, or life experience.        
    credible Trustworthy; can be believed.        
    current Recent or related to today.        
    database A collection of articles that is owned by a library.        
    deductive A type of logical structure that starts with a more general statement and shows how a specific conclusion follows.        
    distinct  Different, separate.        
    engage  Participate; be actively involved in an activity; get someone else to do that.        

    evaluate, evaluation

    Judge the value or effectiveness of an idea, position, or work of art/writing, and give reasons to support the judgment.        
    evidence Support for claims. It can include statistics, facts, quotes, and examples.        
    explicit, explicitly Directly stated.        
    imply, implication, implications, implicit Meaning folded in or suggested, not directly stated.        
    interpret, interpretation Explain the deeper meaning or significance of something.        
    key word

    In research, words that describe the main topic you are looking for; in paraphrasing, words it's OK to copy because they can't be paraphrased and you need them to accurately say the same idea

    misconceptions Wrong ideas based on untrue information or faulty logic.        
    paraphrase Say someone else's same idea in different words, with different sentence structure.        
    purpose The reason behind a piece of writing. A writer is persuading their audience to think, feel, learn, or do something.        
    refute, refutation Argue against an idea; prove why they are wrong.        
    research Finding and analyzing information about a topic to get new knowledge        
    revise, revision Change or improve a piece of writing through multiple drafts. It can include changing, adding, deleting, or rearranging ideas or words.        
    rhetoric, rhetorical The art of writing or speaking effectively, expecially to persuade the audience to do or believe something.        
    scholarly A work that is written by an academic and published in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal.        
    search engine

    A program that searches the internet, such as Google or Baidu.

    source The place a writer got information form, e.g. an article or book.        
    subject term Words or phrases that describe the content of an article in the database. These are assigned by the database, and each database has a specific list of subject terms.        


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