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Citing Sources

Citing Sources and Parenthetical Documentation

When borrowing someone's intellectual property in a project or paper you must:
  • Paraphrase and summarize where possible. When borrowing another person's exact words, use quotation marks.
  • Include a Works Cited page at the end of your paper to validate your work and give credit to the authors/creators of information that you use.
  • Use parenthetical documentation/citation by inserting information about the source "in parenthesis after the ideas taken from that source" (Sebranek, Kemper and Meyer 282). In-text parenthetical documentation links to the Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
*The above parenthetical documentation lists the authors' names and page number from the book Writers INC.

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