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Some examples of statements that may or may not need citation.

Some examples of statements that may or may not need citation.

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  • 1. In-Text Citations Q: If the thesis statement in your paper is a theory or an opinion, then why doesn’t it need citation?
  • 2. A: It’s your theory or opinion.
    • Does the following statement need citation?
      • Some have speculated that Shakespeare became quite wealthy during his career.
  • 3. A: It’s your theory or opinion.
    • Does the following statement need citation?
      • Some have speculated that Shakespeare became quite wealthy during his career
      • Yes. This is theory. Who has speculated?
      • You could also write it like this:
    (Thompson 13).
  • 4. A: It’s your theory or opinion.
    • Does the following statement need citation?
      • Thompson has speculated that Shakespeare became quite wealthy during his career (13).
      • You could also write it like this:
  • 5. Need Citation?
    • Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, which are 14-lined poems that follow a strict rhyme and meter.
    • Nope. This is fact.
  • 6. How about this one?
    • Christopher Marlowe was every bit the equal of Shakespeare at the time of his death.
    • Maybe. Maybe not. This could be your conclusion after doing your research, in which case you would not need citation.
  • 7. One more. . .
    • William Shakespeare coined over 2000 new words and phrases that are still used today.
    • Hmmm. . . This sounds like a statistic or fact, but it is a relatively unknown or obscure fact. Other sources use different numbers. You should cite it.
  • 8. One more. . .
    • William Shakespeare coined over 2000 new words and phrases that are still used today.
    • Hmmm. . . This sounds like a statistic or fact, but it is a relatively unknown or obscure fact. Other sources use different numbers. You should cite it.
  • 9. One more. . .
    • Try this:
    • According to Duncan, Shakespeare contributed over 2000 words to the English language that are still used today.

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