Transitions and students don’t often get along well. And that’s because transitioning from paragraph to paragraph, from signal phrase to source/citation, or from one concept to the next is a bit of an art form that takes practice and planning. You just heard “blah blah blah” in your head, right? I know…
Here are a few transitional language resources that could help:
- My favorite link to transitional words or phrases.
- Another more complex list of transitional words broken up by category such as additive, causal, sequential, or contrasting.
- A thesaurus list of commonly used verbs to reference sources that can be used to transition between a signal phrase and a direct or paraphrase/summary citation. The dark orange list is the best.
- A one page, printable PDF of verbs used in MLA or APA signal phrases.