Citing Your Sources
Transmitting Ideas
Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas.
Always credit original authors for their information and ideas.
Write down the complete citation information for each item you use.
For example:  If you were assigned to write a research paper on non-violence, you might use the
ideas of Thoreau, Ghandi and King in your paper.  You would "cite" each as a source.
Ideas about using
resistance to
enact change
have passed from
person to person.
Ideas &
When you research a topic you may use information from sources such as articles, books, or
the Web to support your ideas. However, you
must credit the original authors of these
sources by citing them. To cite means that you state where you found the information so
that others can find the exact item again.
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