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PCOM6000 Survey in Professional Writing: Citing Sources

Why do I need to cite?

You must cite your source of information any time you use another person’s ideas, opinion or theory. You must also provide citations for any facts, statistics, graphs, or drawings that are not common knowledge. Quotations of another person's actual spoken or written word and paraphrases of another person's spoken or written words must also be cited.

For additional information about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism, please visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

 

Citing Sources

Style/Citation Guides

Most Communication research courses will require you to use the APA Style for citing your sources. Yes, this is different than the AP Style that many of you have used in the past!

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

General Citation Resources

RefWorks

·         RefWorks is a web-based, personalized system for managing citations and notes for research projects of any size. It can be used to add citation records from online catalogs, databases and other sources, as well as to produce bibliographies formatted in any major style. 

·         RefWorks workshops are offered throughout the year. For a list of this semester's sessions, visit the Library Workshop page.

·         RefWorks can be accessed from the Find Articles in Databases link on the main Library page.

 

Chicago Style

Chicago Style may be used for historical papers. This style can be useful if your research proposal is a historical paper.