Welcome to the UW-Manitowoc library guide to citing!
2. What to cite
4. Citing styles:
5. Citation tools
Citing sources encourages information sharing
- Your reader can identify and find books and articles from the list of sources cited and pursue anything of interest
- Compare your bibliography to that of a published article on the same topic. Does the author reference a particular work that identifies it as a key source? This is how to learn the names of those doing important work in an area that interests you.
Citing sources is a way to show authority
- How aware are you of other works in the field? Whose work did you leave in? What did you leave out?
- How good are your sources? You can include five sources that repeat each other or five that provide a variety of points of view. This information is apparent from your bibliography.
- Experience in citing sources will help you learn to evaluate other published and web-based work and critically analyze the arguments, opinions, and recommendations that you encounter.
- Your bibliography is a map of the intellectual journey you took to write your paper. You can be proud of it; it's a sign of your labor.
Citing sources will show that your product is built upon the work of others.
- You are part of a community of scholars, writers, and creators
- This is a way to acknowledge their help, to attribute their idea, quotation, image, or the facts they used.
Citing sources makes it possible for others to assess the meaning you gave to the sources you used
- Did you misrepresent someone's words? Take them out of context?
- Citing gives you the opportunity to apply the same critical awareness to the works of others
- If references are not provided, it suggests that the writer might be embellishing or misquoting for the convenience of his or her argument
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