Using References In Your Writing

As you do your research, you will be learning new information and incorporating the ideas of others into your own thoughts. When you write your paper you must give credit to the sources for the ideas you have used. In short, you must avoid plagiarism.

    The standard ways to properly integrate resources into your research paper include:
  • Direct Quotation. Place an excerpt from your source word for word into your paper. The source must be cited, giving credit to the original author.
  • Paraphrase. Restate a passage from your source in your own words. The source and author of the passage you paraphrase must be cited.
  • Summarize. Summarize the key concept or main idea from someone else's work in your own words. You must give credit for summarized ideas to the original source.

Additional resources for Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing