Documentation 101 Why we document Types of documentation Creating a Works Cited list in MLA Creating in-text citations
Why Document? Acknowledging sources prevents plagiarism the unacknowledged use of someone else's information, research or ideas, words, or illustrations Documentation prevents a number of undesirable consequences “0” grade on the assignment, F in the course, suspension, and at the extreme, expulsion Citing Sources is professional and ethical conveys to the reader that the writer has taken the time to consult and consider a mix of viewpoints on a given topic before providing his/her own synthesis. adds to the quality of the paper. Is ethical and responsible When students give credit where credit is due they are also practicing ethical, responsible Imagine the consequences of being caught stealing someone else's work or ideas at the workplace.
Types of Documentation MLA – Modern Languages Association used for literature and fine arts essays. APA-American Psychological Association used for social science, humanities, and scientific essays These are the most common in post secondary undergraduate programs.
Two types of documenting Using a works cited list In-text citations
What is a works cited list Is the list of references you used for your work Goes on the last page of your work Is in Alphabetical order Follows MLA format
What are in-text citations In-text citations go after you use information that you didn’t author. You use them when you Quote (1-2 sentences in quotation marks). Paraphrase (state those 2 sentences in your own words –this is different from changing 1 or 2 words in a phrase) Summarize –condense a longer portion of information Use some one’s ideas Rule of thumb: use your own words. Quote sparingly.
Where do I put the citation 1. You use (). 2. For electronic sources you just put the first word on the citation reference 3. For e-books, you also put the page number