Evaluating, Citing, Writing
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Throughout the research process you will need
to manage information sources. You are responsible for maintaining
a record of the information sources from which you draw ideas, paraphrase,
and quote. When you are writing your paper you will need to document
your sources so that you clearly distinguish the ideas and words of
other authors from what represents your original thinking. This task
of documentation using a standardized citation style is an essential
step in ensuring that the reader is informed of the origins of the
material. Failure to do so results in
plagiarism, or intellectual theft, which is a serious academic
The method for citing sources must be standardized so that it is possible for your reader to locate and consult your sources. In Women's Studies, MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) Styles are used. If you are unsure of which style to use, please ask your tutor.
Citation styles are used to accomplish two things in your paper:
1. To create a Works Cited or References list, which is a list of all the sources you cited in the text of your paper. This appears at the end of the paper.
2. To link the information in the text of your paper to the sources from which that information is derived. Parenthetical documentation is the simplest method. The parenthetical citations, which appear in the text of the paper, are keyed to the list of sources that you include at the end of the paper.
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers
of Research Papers. 5th ed. New
Harnack, Andrew and Eugene Kleppinger.
Online!: A Reference Guide to Using
Publication Manual of the American Psychological
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