Citing and Using Reliable Sources

 You need to give credit to
the individual(s) who you
got the information from.
 If you do not give credit to
your source then that
means you are pretending
the work/information is
your own. This is
 APA: Social Sciences, Medical Field, Science, and Research.
 MLA: Everybody else.
 APA format here:
 MLA Format:
 You can use cites like to help you, but make sure
you are citing in MLA!
(Links are also on my website)
 In a works cited page you
only list the works you
have actually cited in your
paper. A bibliography
shows every book you
referenced whether you
cited it in your paper or
 For this class you will be
making a works cited page
not a bibliography.
 Put it in quotes!
 Then do a footnote
showing where you got the
quote from.
 The source you got the
quote from will also be
listed in the works cited at
the end of your paper.
 http://www.aresearchguide
 You don’t need to put
quotes around it then, but
you will need to footnote
 Just because you changed
a couple words/phrasing
does not make it your own
unique idea! You still
need to give credit.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do I understand the information? If you don’t then why
would you use it?
2. Is the information relevant to me? If it’s not, don’t use it!
3. If the information accurate? Can I verify it? See my website
for tips on how to verify sources.
4. Is the source reliable? If your answer is no, or you’re not
sure, don’t use it!
5. Is the author/source bias? Will it effect my research?
Everyone is bias, but if the information is very strongly
slanted in a direction you may want to reconsider using it.
 It’s ok to start at
wikipedia. Often
wikipedia can be a good
way to find other reliable
sources on your topic.
 But do not use it as one of
your sources.