Sample correct first sentences for academic summaries, analyses and reader responses.

If the name(s) of the author(s) are known:

Preferred:

·  Jane Smith’s article, “History of the Dog” is about how dogs first became domesticated.

or

·  Smith’sHistory of the Dog” describes [or argues, or narrates or explains] how dogs first became domesticated. 

Important:

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For articles with no author’s name given:

· The article “The History of the Dog” is about how dogs first became domesticated.

·  In the article, “History of the Dog,” the author discusses how dogs first became domesticated.

·  ”History of the Dog” tells how dogs first became domesticated.

Notes:

Be sure your first sentence is correct English!  Do not use the title and author of the article you are reading as the title of your paper!  Do not write “the author says” or “the article says.”  Authors normally write, not say text.  And articles or books never “say” or “tell” anything at all--only people say, tell or write things.

 O.W. 6/08 rev 1/17

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