BUS 164 Entrepreneurship

This guide will help students in Bus164 with research on industry profiles, statistics and trends, market assessments, and evaluating information

What are Citations?

Citation Basics

Review the list and image below, which both outline how the in-text citation in your essay connects to the larger reference page of your work. 

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An image of how an in-text citation goes hand in hand with a reference list

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  1. Place in-text citations in the body of the paper to acknowledge the source of your information.  This is meant to be a shortened version of the full citation that appears on the final page of your paper.
  2. Place full citations for all your sources on the last page entitled References or Works Cited (different citation styles require different titles).  Full citations are meant to provide readers with enough information so that they can locate the source themselves.
  3. APA or MLA are citation styles.  Each has different guidelines for how source information (author, title, year...etc.) should be formatted and punctuated for both in-text citations and for the References or Works Cited pages
Consult a guide for the specific citation style you are using:

Evaluating Information

 

How can you determine if you have a "good" information source? 
Assess the following:

AUTHORITY and ACCURACY

•    Who publishes the website?  Is this a well-know or respected institution?
•    Is there contact information for authors of the website content?  What is their background or credentials?
•    Is it a commercial site (.com), a government site (.gov), an educational site (.edu), a non-profit or other organization (.org)? How does this affect the information presented?
•    Do other reliable sites link to this one?
•    Are facts, ideas or references credible and backed up by citations to the original sources?

PURPOSE and OBJECTIVITY

•    What is the purpose of this site: to sell, inform, entertain or persuade?
•    Who sponsors this website?  What is their agenda or goal?
•    For what audience is this site written?
•    Is there advertising on the site? Does this influence information found on the site?
•    Are arguments well-reasoned and supported?



CURRENCY

•    Is the information on the page up-to-date?
•    Is the page updated regularly?
•    Are there dead links?

 

RELEVANCE

•    What is the source's thesis? (According to the author, __________________.)
•    How does the thesis develop, support, or refute your topic? (I learned ___________ about my topic as a result of reading this source.)
•    Does this source present explicit bias? If so, how does this source's perspective develop your topic?

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Quick Guide - APA