What is Source Citation? Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source. This means that you have to state where the information comes from. For example, this definition comes from the Duke University Libraries website.
Why is there a need to cite sources? The source of information is stated to give credit to the author(s) or creator(s). It acknowledges their effort in producing that piece of work. Not citing or acknowledging the source is an act of plagiarism. To plagiarise means to take someone’s work or ideas and pass them off as your own.
Source Citation In IPW, you will be required to conduct research on your project. When you use the information found, you should give credit to the author(s). There are many ways of citing sources. Here are some examples:
Bibliography ExamplesDuke University Libraries. (2011, August 30). Retrieved December 26, 2011, from Citing Sources: http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/Eggen, P. &. (2010). Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms. New Jersey: Pearson.
Source CitationA simpler method will be adopted in IPW!
Source Citation in your Report At the end of every section, you are required to copy and paste the links of the websites you used.
Source Citation in your Report The links will be used to check for plagiarism. 3 lines or more of lifting from a source is plagiarism. Let’s check for plagiarism in an example.
Report Source Citation in your Report Exact same text from the source is in the report 6 lines ofSource plagiarism!
Conclusion In your report, remember to cite your sources! Do not plagiarise by copying more than 3 lines of text from your sources! Make an effort to write in your own words!