Citing Your Sources Literature
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 you lack a vital piece of the information. There are
several ways to format your citation. Ask your instructor which format
assignments subject guide provides more information on formatting
citations using MLA, APA, and other styles.