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EH202 (T. Sasser): Source Citing

This Library Guide offers tips and suggestions for Ms. Tanya Sasser's EH202 class.

Page Overview

This page provides links to information on documenting and citing sources, particularly with reference to the APA and MLA documentation styles, and also links to RefWorks, a citation management tool.

Citing Sources

Research, even at the most basic levels, is a conversation among many.  More recent writers on a topic read and study the work of their predecessors and build on that work in their own writing.  Part of this process is that these later writers should cite (identify by documenting)  the sources they used.  Leaving aside the negative reasons for not documenting (plagiarism), there are compelling arguments in favor of citing your sources.

  • personal integrity: you show yourself to be a person who is academically and intellectually honest
  • professional courtesy: you are crediting others for their contribution to your own work
  • collegial responsibility: you are identifying for other scholars whose interests mirror your own some sources which may help them

Source documentation is an embedded component of research and publication and an essential part of the advancement of knowledge in a field.  The following links provide guidance on how to correctly document sources in student writing.

Citation Management

There are several citation managers now available online, tools which help the researcher collect, manage, and organize research papers and documents.  One of the more popular of these is RefWorks.  The current version is New RefWorks; the Legacy RefWorks is an outdated platform.  There is a Youtube channel devoted to RefWorks; there also is a JSU LibGuide, one by Ms. Karlie Johnson, on RefWorks.  Further information on RefWorks can be found by performing the online searches refworks  libguide or refworks videos.