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TA 383: Play Analysis: citing your research paper

A library research guide for the TA 383 course assignments & further research in play analysis. Fall 2019.

Citing Your Sources

Writing a research paper means documenting the sources of the information you use. How do you cite your sources? Every time you mention another work in your own paper, you call out the source of it, and then you include a list of all the sources used in your whole paper in a bibliography at the end.

There are many different ways to call out sources in your paper and many different ways to format the bibliography. These are called citation styles, and the professor who assigns a research paper (or the publisher of a paper if it is being written for publication) tells writers which style they should use for any particular paper. 

For the TA 383 research paper, Professor Farrell has specified that you should use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style. You can find out what this style looks like (how to call out sources in your text and how to format your bibliography) by consulting its style guide -- see below:

Style Manuals

Citing and Plagiarism

Citation Management

To help you keep track of the citations you find for articles, books, and images while you're researching, and to help you integrate the citations into your papers, footnotes, and bibliographies while you're writing, it can be helpful to use a citation management tools such as EndNote or Zotero.

Using a citation management tool (also called a bibliographic management tool) allows you to save your source citations for later, which is especially valuable for longer papers, like theses and dissertations, and for topics you return to over time.

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EndNote is a subscription software program designed to store and manipulate bibliographic information (your citations). It is one of the one of the more powerful and popular citation management tools. It is not freely available for everyone, but as a UK student or staff or faculty member, you can download and use EndNote as part of the university's subscription.

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