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When to Cite
When you present research, you participate in an informed conversation.
You cite your sources, in order to:
Give credit to others for their ideas, data, and words.
Give weight to your analysis or opinion. Building on the work of others adds credibility to your words.
Leave a path your audience can follow.
Be sure to cite your sources in your , papers , and image captions ! oral presentations
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Collect this information
In general, you will need these pieces of information to create a “Bibliography” or “Works Cited” list for your paper:
Most of the following information is provided on the title page or within the first few pages of the book.
Author(s) (of entire book and of chapter of book if you are citing a specific section)
Title of book (and title of chapter of book if you are citing a specific section)
City of Publication
Date of Publication
Online journals usually place the following information at the top of each article.
Print magazines and journals usually have this information on their covers and title pages.
Title of article
Date of publication
Volume and issue number
Name of database you used
Date you accessed the article
Web pages are often inconsistent in providing the following information; ask a librarian for help if you have trouble locating it.
Title of website (or title of a specific section if you are citing that)
Institution that sponsors the website
Date (often the date the website was last updated)
Date you accessed the website
The URL (the web address that usually begins “http://....”
TIP: As you do your research, collect citation information
from each source you consider using.