Citing Yourself and Cover Pages
Dr. Andree Swanson
Sources? But I am an expert in…
• Your reader is not aware that you are an expert in
the topic you are writing on. To avoid this in the
future, either cite your source or establish you,
the author, as an expert.
• My recommendation is to cite your source. In this
way, you are further proving to the reader that
you know what you are talking about.
▫ For example, I know about Servant Leadership,
MBTI, and Maslow, but if I were to write an essay
on any one of these topics, the instructor should
ask me what my sources were for these statements
Do I still need to cite?
• Remember, every time you provide a statement
of fact, whether you are an expert on the topic or
not, cite your source. This further establishes
your credibility on the topic.
• Now, I suppose there is one exception...
▫ if you have published academic works on the topic.
For example, I have published on certain topics…
but even when I write about these topics, I still cite
myself and other authors who have written on the topic.
Cover Pages – What is the right way?
• If you were to Google APA cover pages, you will see a variety of
• Here at Ashford and at any university, you will see a variety of
interpretations of the APA Cover page.
• Placing your name versus the school, should never result in a loss of
Cover Page Links
• Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style
• Title Page Example