Citing and using reliable sources


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Citing and using reliable sources

  1. 1. Citing and Using Reliable Sources<br />
  2. 2. Why do I need to cite my sources?<br />You need to give credit to the individual(s) who you got the information from.<br />If you do not give credit to your source then that means you are pretending the work/information is your own. This is PLAGIARISM!<br />
  3. 3. In this class (and all your history classes) you will cite your sources using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format.<br />You can find examples of how to use the MLA format here:<br /><br />You can use cites like to help you, but make sure you are citing in MLA!<br />(Links are also on my website)<br />Ok, fine, how do I cite sources?<br />
  4. 4. What’s the difference between a works cited page and a bibliography?<br />In a works cited page you only list the works you have actually cited in your paper. A bibliography shows every book you referenced whether you cited it in your paper or not.<br />For this class you will be making a works cited page not a bibliography.<br />
  5. 5. What if I want to quote something?<br />Put it in quotes!<br />Then do a footnote showing where you got the quote from.<br />The source you got the quote from will also be listed in the works cited at the end of your paper.<br /><br />
  6. 6. What if I paraphrased it?<br />You don’t need to put quotes around it then, but you will need to footnote it.<br />Just because you changed a couple words/phrasing does not make it your own unique idea! You still need to give credit.<br />
  7. 7. Ask yourself the following questions:<br />Do I understand the information? If you don’t then why would you use it?<br />Is the information relevant to me? If it’s not, don’t use it!<br />If the information accurate? Can I verify it? See my website for tips on how to verify sources.<br />Is the source reliable? If your answer is no, or you’re not sure, don’t use it!<br />Is the author/source bias? Will it effect my research? Everyone is bias, but if the information is very strongly slanted in a direction you may want to reconsider using it.<br />So now that I know how to cite sources, how do I know if it’s a good source?<br />
  8. 8. Can I use wikipedia?<br />It’s ok to start at wikipedia. Often wikipedia can be a good way to find other reliable sources on your topic.<br />Like any source, wikipedia should not be the only source you use!<br />