If You Did Not Write It….

From the words of my Senior Project adviser:

If you did not write it, then you must cite it.

What she meant by this is that if you are using someone else’s work in your paper you have to give credit to the hard work that person put into it. Ultimately, this prevents the accusation of plagiarism.

Depending on which format you use, you can attribute credits as footnotes, endnotes, parenthetical citations, or in the bibliography. But what do need to include when you do this?

Here is what you need to make sure you write down for your source, but you may not need all of it for the citations.

  • Title
  • Author Name
  • Publisher
  • Year and City Published
  • Page Number (Total)
  • Page Number (for each page that is used)
  • URL for when you use the internet

These are all the things that you need to write down at the very top of your notes from each source, so that when you get started on putting in citations and your bibliography it will already be there. But how you put them it will depend on your format.

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