Country Report (Pro)


Identify Your Evidence

Now that you have put your source into your Works Cited page, it's time to identify the exact piece of evidence that you are going to use from this source.

Remember, it could be a:

    1. Statistic
    2. Fact
    3. Phrase
    4. Complete sentence
    5. Several sentences
    6. Entire paragraph

Here, once again, are some examples:


Type of Evidence


Greece has more than 1,000 beaches.


The world-famous Parthenon is located in Athens.


The seafood you'll find in coastal villages is always fresh and delicious.

Complete Sentence

Greek people are some of the friendliest people in the world.

Several Sentences

Athens is known for its ancient culture. Monuments built by the Ancient Greeks can be seen everywhere.

An Entire Paragraph

My favorite place in the whole world is Greece. When I went with my family last year, we had a fantastic time. The food was delicious and the prices were reasonable. I can't wait to go back!



Once you have identified the exact piece of evidence that you are going to use from that source, it's time to put it into the body of your paper.

Lesson Steps


Select the phrase, sentence, or sentences that you want to incorporate into your own paper and copy them onto your clipboard.

  • With your mouse, select the words.
  • Right-click on the selected words.
  • Choose Copy.

Paste the words into your paper.

  • Right-click somewhere in the body of your document (between your title and your Works Cited page).
  • From the pop-up menu choose Paste without formatting. This will ensure that you aren't also importing a bunch of code that may give you trouble later.

Make a decision: Are you going to put this information into your own words?

In the case of statistics and facts, it's usually best to put the information into your own words.

In the case of phrases and sentences, you could put them into your own words—(that's called an indirect quote)—but it's often not worth the trouble. If you have chosen a good quote, why not keep it intact? (That's called a direct quote).

  • Indirect quotes do not get put within quotation marks.
  • Direct quotes do get put within quotation marks.

Add a parenthetical citation.

You must now cite your source properly by adding a parenthetical citation with the last name of the author of your source.


Check Your work.

If you have followed the these steps correctly, your paper should now look very much like this:

Jamaica: A Wonderful Vacation Destination


"The food in Jamaica is delicious" (Smith).



Works Cited

Smith, John. "Name of Article." Jeff's Travel Blog. 8 June 2016. Web. 17 Mar. 2017. <>.




Congratulations! You're done with this lesson.