Category: Using Sources

This section discusses how to properly cite sources and the importance of avoiding plagiarism.
  • Documentation
    • APA Style: Manuscript Format, In-Text Citations and Works Cited, Chicago/Turabian Style: In-Text and Bibliographic/Endnote Citations, MLA Style: In-Text Citations, MLA Style: Manuscript Format and Works Cited (from the Writing in , English WID handbook), and Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
  • Using Sources
    • Includes lessons in: Introduction to Using Source Materials, Effective Direct Quotations, Creative Use of Sources by Heather Logan, Incorporating Quotations, Quotation Marks, Sources: Past Tense? Present? by Melanie Dawson and Joe Essid, Titles: Underline or Quotations?, and Using Paraphrases.
  • Using Sources
    • So how do you address this issue of effectively using and documenting sources, whether internet or print resources? The answer lies in applying professional standards to your work, recognizing how your research and writing process inform the product you produce, understanding how the modern library is best used, and mastering the mechanics of citation. The issue of mechanics—citing your sources properly, especially on your references page—remains a challenge for many writers, and the question of exactly how to cite web sources makes things even murkier. With various citation styles available and URLs that are longer than the alphabet, what is a writer to do? The material in this chapter will help you to address these issues and provide you with resources where you can track down more information. Whatever your writing process, even if you are in the habit of resorting to the "patch and pray" method, my aim is to help you approach the writing process professionally, begin to understand how to assess the quality of all of your sources, whether print- or web-based, and clarify the mechanics of citation. So press on, and recognize that your facility at using resources highly influences your reader’s perception of your work.
  • When Sources Must Be Cited (Checklist)
    • A useful page describing information that always must be cited.