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Citing Your Sources

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This is the fifth Library mini-lecture for the GCPS 1005 Public Speaking Course.

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Citing Your Sources

  1. 1. developmental material for speeches Prepared for GCPS 1005, Fall 2013 CITING YOUR SOURCES
  2. 2. GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 2 Finding Definitions Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) “Give credit where credit is due” - Proverb, late 18th century Proverbs. (2009). In E. Knowles (Ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (7th ed.). Retrieved from http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.hkbulib.hkbu.edu.hk/view/10.1093/acref/9780199237173.001.0001/q- author-00001-00002767
  3. 3. GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3 Finding Definitions Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) OVERVIEWin this section:  Why cite sources?  Introduction to APA style  APA style examples  Dealing with tricky sources
  4. 4. Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding Definitions why cite sources?  A matter of academic courtesy to acknowledge where your information has come from  Ensures that you avoid committing plagiarism  Shows that you have made the effort to find developmental material for your speech http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Citation_needed%22.jpg GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 4
  5. 5. Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding Definitions APA style  The style manual of the APA (American Psychological Association) is popular in the social and behavioural sciences  APA citation rules are relatively straightforward  However, they must be followed precisely! http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1433805596.jpg GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 5
  6. 6. Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding Definitions Basic citation elements  Citations should contain the following basic elements: author, year of publication, title, and publishing data  Here is what they look like in an APA citation for a book: Powers, J.H. (1993). Public speaking: The lively art. New York: HarperCollins College Publishers.  Let’s look at some examples for source types that you will often use in your speeches… GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 6
  7. 7. Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding DefinitionsExamples of APA style citations  Reference titles (common source for definitions, quotations, etc.) Proverbs. (2009). In E. Knowles (Ed.), The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (7th ed.).  File found on a website (common source for statistics) Census and Statistics Department. (2007). Table 139: Population by ethnicity, 2001 and 2006. Retrieved from [URL] Retrieved from [URL]  Image found online Adams, A. (1960). Moon and Half Dome [Photograph]. from [URL] Retrieved GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 7
  8. 8. Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding DefinitionsDealing with tricky sources  It is not uncommon to find sources that are difficult to categorise  In these situations, you may need to consult the full Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association – the Library has several copies  The APA also maintain a Style Blog where their experts answer frequently asked questions about citation  Finally, don’t hesitate to come and ask a librarian for help if you are not sure about how to cite a source GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 8
  9. 9. GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 9 Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding Definitions Links to everything mentioned in the last slide are available on the course guide, along with more resources to help you: http://hkbu.libguides.com/GCPS1005 Click on the “Citation” tab resources
  10. 10. GCPS 1005 PUBLIC SPEAKING 10 Finding Quotations Finding Statistics Finding Images Citing Your Sources (APA style) Finding Definitionsimage credits Slide 4: “Citation needed” by futureatlas.com, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Generic 2.0 license at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Citation_needed%22.jpg Slide 5: “Cover of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”, used here under the fair dealing provision of the Hong Kong Copyright Ordinance, image from http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1433805596.jpg

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