Crediting your sources
The next section is a short
self-quiz about crediting research sources in your writing.
For more specific information on how to cite sources you need to
consult the style guide used in your area of study. For example,
historians favor the Modern Language Association Style or the Chicago
Stylethose studying psychology would most likely use the American
Psychological Association Style. The library has simplified style
sheets for both APA and MLA. Ask your professor which he or she
prefers. All citation styles require three things: that you enclose
"direct quot[ations], phrases, and keywords" in quotation
marks, that you provide "in text citations to identify the
source of direct Quot[ations], phrases, paraphrases, key words,
ideas and theories informed by outside sources", and that you
provide a list of "works cited" or bibliography.
In addition to letting you develop your ideas or argument,
a first draft allows you to check to be sure you haven't forgotten
citations to materials or inadvertently incorporated the words and
thoughts of others into your paper.
Digital documents raise
special plagiarism issues, as we will see in the next page.
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