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Speech 113: Citing Sources
Resources for students taking Speech Communication 113
The American Psychological Association (APA) provides a detailed overview and extensive examples in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A print copy of this authoritative manual can be found at the reference desk on the upper level of the library (Call Number BF76.7 .P83 2010). Students and faculty are welcome to consult it.
Why Should I Document Sources?
When you conduct research, you gain an understanding of a topic by becoming familiar with the work of other scholars in the field. To make a valid scholarly contribution, you need to gather background information, look up original sources, and read previous studies. Only after you have done all this work, can you begin to formulate your own ideas on the subject.
It is necessary to document, or acknowledge, the sources you consult during your research.
By crediting your sources, you establish your credibility as someone who has accumulated an extensive knowledge of a subject.
When you cite your sources, you also show that you can back up your claims and conclusions with valid evidence.
No less importantly, providing a list of all the works you have consulted ensures that your readers can find the very sources you have looked up.
It is also important to attribute the ideas that influenced your work in order to avoid any charges of plagiarism.