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Why Cite Your Sources?

When you write a research paper, you use information and facts from a variety of resources to support your own ideas or to help you develop new ones. Books, articles, caselaw, videos, interviews, and Web sites are some examples of sources you might use. Citing these sources of information in your work is essential because:

* It gives credit to the author of the original work who provided you with the information or idea

* It allows your audience to identify and find the source material in order to learn more about your topic

* It gives your paper more credibility because it shows you're supporting your arguments with high-quality sources



Tips for Citing Sources

It's important to make sure you collect all the information you need to cite a source as you gather your information so that you won’t need to look it up again, so:

* Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas

* Write down the complete citation information for each book, article, etc. you use as you go along

* Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words

* Always credit original authors for their information and ideas


How to cite?

Citing Sources Using MLA, APA and HARVARD styles


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METU Library Citing Sources

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APA and MLA Writing Formats - Chalon E. Anderson; Amy T. Carrell; Jimmy Widdifield
ISBN: 0205424376
Publication Date: 2003-12-03

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Cite Right - Charles Lipson
ISBN: 9780226484631
Publication Date: 2011-05-15

Writing Research Papers - James D. Lester
ISBN: 0321078829
Publication Date: 2000-01-01

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The Plagiarism Plague - Vibiana Bowman (Editor)
ISBN: 1555705014
Publication Date: 2004-01-01

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Cite Them Right - Richard Pears; Graham Shields
ISBN: 9781137273116
Publication Date: 2013-05-10

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff
ISBN: 9781603290258
Publication Date: 2009-01-01

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Mastering APA Style - Harold Gelfand; Charles J. Walker
ISBN: 1557988919
Publication Date: 2001-11-01

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Academic Writing and Plagiarism - Diane Pecorari
ISBN: 9780826491664
Publication Date: 2008-09-24

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The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagarism - Colin Neville
ISBN: 9780335220892
Publication Date: 2007-07-01

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