What’s the Fact-to-Finger Technique?

The Fact-to-Finger technique is a way to involve another sense (touching) in making sure you actually notice what is in front of you.


Using the Fact-to-Finger Technique to Catch Your Own Errors

FYI: On-campus students using Turnitin, use footnotes, not the citation shown. The Fact-to-Finger Technique also works with footnotes.


When you first make a list of what you plan to cover, you need to be sure you are accurate. It can be difficult to make you brain concentrate and notice that the source is saying something different from what you expected, so this method can help you focus and look at the source in a fresh way.


You can catch your own errors with the simple act of placing one finger on the fact in your source and another finger on the words you wrote and the citation that you did.


Example of My Error That I Caught: I had been working on a project and I thought it was near final draft stage. I used Fact-to-Finger to check. Touching the source and my own words made me see that the word not in the source. I had misread the sentence for days. I had to rework everything, but better reworking it all than looking careless to my boss.


Caution: If you cannot touch the fact (if it is not there), do not say it your paper!


Turn to the page of the primary source (with the pretend title XYZ) that you say you are using. Touch the fact.













 Fact you are citing





Sentence xxxxxxxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxx xxxx xxxx xxx.


Sentence with the fact you are saying (XYZ, p. 21). Sentence xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx  xxxx (Pageant, p. 93). 


Touch the fact

in the draft you

have written.















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