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  1. 1. In-Text Citations Q: If the thesis statement in your paper is a theory or an opinion, then why doesn’t it need citation?
  2. 2. A: It’s your theory or opinion. <ul><li>Does the following statement need citation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some have speculated that Shakespeare became quite wealthy during his career. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. A: It’s your theory or opinion. <ul><li>Does the following statement need citation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some have speculated that Shakespeare became quite wealthy during his career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes. This is theory. Who has speculated? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You could also write it like this: </li></ul></ul>(Thompson 13).
  4. 4. A: It’s your theory or opinion. <ul><li>Does the following statement need citation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thompson has speculated that Shakespeare became quite wealthy during his career (13). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You could also write it like this: </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Need Citation? <ul><li>Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, which are 14-lined poems that follow a strict rhyme and meter. </li></ul><ul><li>Nope. This is fact. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How about this one? <ul><li>Christopher Marlowe was every bit the equal of Shakespeare at the time of his death. </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe. Maybe not. This could be your conclusion after doing your research, in which case you would not need citation. </li></ul>
  7. 7. One more. . . <ul><li>William Shakespeare coined over 2000 new words and phrases that are still used today. </li></ul><ul><li>Hmmm. . . This sounds like a statistic or fact, but it is a relatively unknown or obscure fact. Other sources use different numbers. You should cite it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. One more. . . <ul><li>William Shakespeare coined over 2000 new words and phrases that are still used today. </li></ul><ul><li>Hmmm. . . This sounds like a statistic or fact, but it is a relatively unknown or obscure fact. Other sources use different numbers. You should cite it. </li></ul>
  9. 9. One more. . . <ul><li>Try this: </li></ul><ul><li>According to Duncan, Shakespeare contributed over 2000 words to the English language that are still used today. </li></ul>

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