When writing research papers students are often required to create a "resources used" page, a "bibliography," or a "list of works cited." This guide is designed to help students with this process.
Why cite sources? To give the author(s) credit for the original work and to enable your readers to consult the same sources:
"Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person's work, you must document the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the authors proper credit.
Citations allow readers to locate and further explore the sources you consulted, show the depth and scope of your research, and give credit to authors for their ideas. ... Think of documenting your sources as providing a trail for your reader to follow to see the research you performed and discover what led you to your original contribution." (From the citation guide of the University of California, Berkeley, available online here.)
There are several styles used for citing sources, but the two main styles used at STCC are the Modern Language Association style (MLA) and the American Psychological Association style (APA). Other syles that you might encounter in your academic career include the Chicago Style and the Bluebook style (used mainly for legal material). Typically, citation in just about any style will include: the author(s) name(s); the title of the resource used; the year of publication; the place of publication. If you are citing a Web site, your citation additionally will typically include the url address of the Web site, and the date you viewed the Web site.
|The Elements of Style||PE 1408 .S772 (2005)|
|Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace||REF D5 .M55 2007|
|MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers||REF LB 2369 .G53 2009|
Use this to help create citations: BibMe.org
AND the following Web sites have useful information on how to cite your sources:
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR RESOURCES!
When accumulating the resources you will use for your paper, keep track of the information you will need to cite that resource if in fact you use it in your paper. That means, write down the information typically used in a citation (see left sidebar), for example, the author(s)' name(s), complete title of the resource, publisher, date, etc. Perhaps you can make and keep copies of the first pages of the resource, whether print or electronic, for easy citation later.
The reason for this tip is that if you don't keep good records, you may end up trying to re-locate that resource. This can be a time consuming, frustrating, and ultimately unsuccessul endeavor!
Fom the STCC Student Handbook:
Communication of knowledge and a free exchange of ideas, two essential aspects of a college community, require a fundamental standard of honesty. Students and faculty must be able to expect that thoughts and work presented for credit are the property of the person presenting them. To safeguard these principles, it is important to clarify the rules and procedures regarding academic honesty.
1. Academic dishonesty- Students must refrain from all forms of academic dishonesty including but not limited to:
2. Consequences of Academic Dishonesty.
Students who believe themselves to be unjustly accused or punished for academic honesty violations may pursue the matter through the grievance procedure outlined on the following pages