I need to site from two essay one is the Famine,affluence,and morality(pete singer) and the other is Garrett hardin the Lifeboat. I have read both essay.Now I need to cite from them and put in apa format can some please help me

asked by sabrina
  1. Are these sources online or from magazines or what?

    Look through the different examples of references here -- -- and then post what you decide to write up. Someone here will check them for you.

    posted by Writeacher
  2. my instuctor printed them offline i been trying to compare betwwen the 2 essay one is for helping the poor and the other is against it

    posted by sabrina
  3. So ... do you need help with citing sources? Or with how to write a comparison/contrast paper? Or what?

    posted by Writeacher
  4. she says i need to paraphrase the too essays usins transitional phrases show how one essay either illustrates or refuses the other. i should also have a brief conclusion that suggests my stance by showing preferences to one of the two arguments. My synthesis should be 2 paragraphs APA format 12 font 1 in margins double space a reference page as well as in-text citations

    posted by sabrina
  5. basically I have read both essasys now I'm not sure how to format it correctly. I will try to explain it simple on what i have. I went through paragraph by paragraph i jogged down one author \ said and to a piece of what the other author said and compared it. For instance.
    Garrett-we shouldn't take advantage of resources that are available.
    Singer- believes there are not enough avaialable resources

    posted by sabrina
  6. OK, it sounds as if you're on the right track with the content of your paper. Good. I'll also include below the dashed line (below) my standard instructions to anyone writing a comparison/contrast paper. You can use what you need out of that.

    Click on that link I gave you above and read everything about formatting a paper in APA style. Then click on the topics at the left (table of contents) to find the different things you need specific help with, such as references, the reference list page, and even a sample APA paper.


    Whenever you are writing a comparison/contrast paper (paragraph, essay, research paper), you need to plan it out very carefully on paper first.

    Try this:

    1. Write all the information about one of your topics on one page.
    2. Write all the information about the other topic on another page.
    3. Then put them together in this order:

    1. Intro
    2. All about topic A
    ~~~2A. detail 1
    ~~~2B. detail 2
    ~~~2C. detail 3
    ~~~2D. detail 4
    ~~~2E. detail 5
    3. All about topic B
    ~~~3A. detail 1
    ~~~3B. detail 2
    ~~~3C. detail 3
    ~~~3D. detail 4
    ~~~3E. detail 5
    4. Concl.

    The number of details for each topic will vary depending on your main points. I would include comparisons (how they are similar) in the introduction and conclusion, but sections 2 and 3 and all those details will be stating and explaining how they are different.

    There are two recognized patterns for writing comparison/contrast papers. One is casually referred to as "zig-zag,” but can be very confusing for the reader if you don’t use transitions effectively. The other is topic-by-topic (which is what I've outlined above) and is much easier for the reader to follow.

    See for further help with comparison/contrast writing.

    Once you have organized your information, please repost if you’d like feedback from someone here.

    posted by Writeacher
  7. thank you for all your help! i will post my feed back.

    posted by sabrina
  8. Oh, good.

    Let us know!

    posted by Writeacher

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