Citing Your Sources LRC@TCC
| When you are writing
a research paper, you are almost always using the ideas of other
people. Whether you find these ideas on the Internet,
in a book or periodical, on a television program or in a
movie, or even in a class lecture, you must cite your sources.
If you do not, you are guilty of plagiarism.
Citing sources serves two purposes:
1.The original author is given credit
for his or her ideas.
2.The reader is able to locate the sources
you used in order to verify the information.
When you find a useful source of information, write down all of the information
from it that you will need for your bibliography or reference list right
away. If you wait until the day before your paper is due you may be disappointed
to find that the source is not available.
There are several ways to format your citation. Ask your instructor
which format to use. For detailed information on citing your
use the library's subject guide on writing
& citations or check with a librarian.