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POLS 203 International Relations: Cite Sources

Why Cite Sources?

Why Cite Sources?       
  • Avoid Plagiarizing: You must cite any direct quotation, summary, or paraphrase of any idea or fact from your research. Citing sources is giving credit to the original author and publication where you found the information. (more info) 
  • Lend Authority to Your Research: By referencing the work of scholars and other professionals, you demonstrate that your own research is based on solid, reliable information and that you are capable of critical thinking by being able to synthesize that research into your own.
  • Provide a Path: By citing sources, you provide the information readers of your paper need in order to locate the same sources that you did. 
  • Acknowledge Other's Work: Part of your research is built upon the research of other people. It is respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work (just as you would hope someone would give you credit if they were quoting your own work!)

 

Automatic Citation Generator

NoodleTools Citation Generator

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Access online tutorials using the links below:

Quick Guides: APA and MLA

Citing Sources

NoodleTools Citation Generator
NoodleTools Tutorials:

Source: "Citations: The How and Why of Citing Sources" by Holman Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Learn how to confidently create citations for papers, presentations, and videos.

To find video segments in the "Contents" area: Click the carrot or the arrow at the bottom of the video player
Example:

To find video segments, in the Contents area, click the carrot or the arrow at the bottom of the video player

SEGMENTS INCLUDE:

  • Locate the Citations Guide
  • Citation Basics (quick overview)
  • Why Cite Sources & How to Avoid Plagiarism
  • Create Citations: Template Method
  • Create Citations: Citation Generator Method (“NoodleTools”)
  • Example APA/MLA Paper Formatting
  • More Citation Info (other citation styles, annotated bibliographies, incorporating sources, verbal citations)
  • How to Get Help

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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

Why Cite Sources?

Avoid Plagiarizing: You must cite any direct quotation, summary, or paraphrase of any idea or fact from your research. Citing sources is giving credit to the original author and publication where you found the information. Not citing sources is plagiarism and you may be subject to academic discipline.

Lend Authority to Your Paper: By referencing the work of scholars and other professionals, you demonstrate that your own research is based on solid, reliable information and that you are capable of critical thinking by being able to synthesize that research into your own.

Provide a Path: By citing sources, you provide the information readers of your paper need in order to locate the same sources that you did.

Acknowledge Other's Work: Part of your research is built upon the research of other people. In the scholarship tradition in the United States, it is considered respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work (just as you might hope someone would give you credit if they were quoting your own work!)

 

Quick video tutorial on the basics of APA citations:

Source: "Introduction to Citation Styles: APA 7th ed." by CSUDH Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn the basic conventions of citing sources in-text and in a reference list using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style, 7th edition.

 

Quick video on the basics of MLA citations:

Source: "MLA Citations: Understanding Containers" by sc4library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how to use containers when citing resources in MLA style.

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:

Research 103: NoodleTools Citation Workshop

Research 103: NoodleTools Citation Workshop

Scholarship is a Conversation!
This hands-on workshop will help you understand why and how to give credit in your academic work and beyond.

Workshop focus:
  • Understanding why and when to cite other works
  • Integrating and citing sources material
  • Using NoodleTools citation maker
Please create your NoodleTools account before attending the workshop. Instructions for creating a NoodleTools account can be found under the NoodleTools Workshop registration link.

Schedule:
  • Week 4 Monday July 19, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (MLA)
  • Week 5 Tuesday July 27, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (APA)
  • Week 6 Monday August 2, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (MLA)
  • Week 7 Tuesday August 10, 12:30pm - 1:00pm (APA)

NoodleTools Citation Workshop is a virtual synchronous workshop with an asynchronous component that is emailed out to registrants prior to the workshop.
  • Open the registration link below to select the workshop date you would like.
  • We will send you a link to join us in Zoom
  • You need to register to receive the link.
Set up your NoodleTools account
Can't attend a citation workshop at the scheduled times?  

You can take an online version of the workshop through our online NoodleTools Citation Tutorial in Canvas or the NoodleTools How-To Guide!