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Psychology and Human Development Resources (P&HD): Signal Phrases

Signal Phrases

Definition: Signal phrases are an essential element of research writing. A signal phrase introduces source material, indicates where the material came from and aids your reader’s response to the source through an appropriate choice of wording.

 

Examples of signal phrases:

                               

acknowledges

comments

describes

maintains

reports

adds

compares

disputes

notes

responds

admits

concedes

emphasizes

observes

shows

agrees

confirms

endorses

points out

states

argues

contends

illustrates

reasons

suggests

asserts

declares

implies

refutes

summarizes

claims

denies

insists

rejects

writes