Rules for writers - citing sources


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Rules for writers - citing sources

  1. 1. Rules for WritersA quick guide to help you avoid plagiarism
  2. 2. What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is a form of  Avoid plagiarism by academic dishonesty. always citing the Like cheating on a test, information sources plagiarism involves using that you use in your someone else’s paper. knowledge without crediting the source or creator of the information.
  3. 3. When do I need to cite a source?o If you….o Quote ito Paraphrase ito Summarize it CITE IT! Word to the wise… Don’t be tempted to add your citations later, enter them as you write your paper. There is no such thing as “borrowing” someone’s ideas in academic writing. Avoid plagiarism by citing your sources.
  4. 4. Quoting A quote is a line or Example from The Hunger section from a work Games: that is written verbatim “What do they do all day, as it appears in the these people in the original work. Capitol, besides decorating their bodies You MUST cite and waiting around for a new shipment of tributes quotations. to roll in and die for their entertainment?” (Collins 65).
  5. 5. Paraphrasing When you paraphrase, Example: you are restating part of Katniss wonders what a work in YOUR own the citizens of the words. Capitol do with their You MUST still cite the time, other than find original source when frivolous ways to you paraphrase. entertain themselves (Collins 65).
  6. 6. Summarizing A summary presents the Example : main idea of a work or section in a work. In The Hunger Games, A summary is written in Katniss Everdeen’s actions YOUR own words, but challenge the values and the ideas are drawn from beliefs held by the citizens another source. of the Capitol (Collins). You do not always have to cite a summary (although it is advised), but you should include the source on your Works Cited page.
  7. 7. Works Cited Any sources that you Example: cite in the text, MUST be included on your Works Cited Works Cited page. Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.
  8. 8. How to Cite Sourceso First, find out which documentation style your professor wants you to use. In English and humanities courses, you will use MLA style.o Next, find the right style guide. Style guides and manuals are available on the Library’s Ready Reference shelf.Or check out the following online guides:  the Library’s Style & Citation Guides page  Diana Hacker’s Research & Documentation Online  The OWL at Purdue
  9. 9. RefWorkso A great way to organize, track, and save your reference information.o Setting up a RefWorks account:o Visit the Library’s E-Research pageo Click on RefWorkso Getting Started: o Set-up Account at Library o Create Folders o Import Citations o Place Citations in Folders o Print Bibliographies
  10. 10. Presented by Gricel DominguezSt. Thomas University Library July 2012