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WRI 1100: Beers: STEP 7: Cite sources

WRI 1100:Beers

APA Video on how to format basic resources @ 8 minutes

Watch the video below to see how to format the following types of resources in your References section:

  • book
  • chapter in an edited book
  • journal article
  • journal article with DOI

STEP 7: Cite Your Sources

Reasons why it is important to cite your sources

  • Gives credit to authors whose works you have used, whether you quote them directly, or not
  • Indicates the quality of your sources. For example, if you cite Wikipedia, the quality of your sources would be considered low. 
  • Distinguishes your ideas from the ideas of others
  • Provides your readers with ways to find the resources you found. The works cited (a.k.a. bibliography or references) is, often, the most important part of an article or essay.
  • Avoids plagiarism
  • Shows that you respect someone's intellectual property
  • Shows that you recognize that information is not "free" for the taking.

Other resources for APA and paraphrasing

Click on the link below to access "Harvard's Principles of Paraphrasing: How to Avoid Plagiarism in Three Easy Modules" presentation.


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