Sentence-Mining: Uncovering the Amount of Reading and Reading Comprehension in College
A study of student source use by Rebecca Moore Howard, Tricia Serviss, and Tanya K. Rodrigue (2010) found that students worked with sources at the sentence level instead of representing the larger ideas in the source through summary.
college students’ researched writing incorporated four source-use techniques: copying, patchwrit- ing, paraphrasing, and summarizing
Only 6 per- cent were summary
our data suggest that many of the students whose papers we analyzed may not even have read beyond the first few pages of the source