There are two major reasons why it is important to cite all the sources you use in writing your LIS 600 paper.
1. Giving credit to the owner of words and ideas.
Copyright laws protect everyone's original ideas when they are published either in print or on the internet. In order to give authors their due credit, you cite the sources where you found their words and ideas. If you use a person's exact words, you should put the words in quotation marks and indicate the source where you found them using the citation style prescribed in the American Psychological Association (APA) manual (link in box on the right). If you are not copying another person's exact words but using their ideas in your paper, you are restating or paraphrasing their words and thoughts. You still need to cite the source, but without quotation marks.
Failure to cite words and ideas of others in your paper can lead to plagiarism. Even if you plagiarize unintentionally by forgetting or misunderstanding how to cite, you can be accused of cheating, a serious offense at UK. See Avoid Plagiarism for more help in this area.
2. Adding credibility and further information sources to your paper.
Citations linked to a bibliography of works used in your paper provide substance and credibility to your writing. Your instructor, and anyone else who reads your paper, will know that your consulted scholarly information sources in the process of formulating your analysis and composition. The bibliography will also enable anyone interested in learning more about your topic to find additional information by reading books and/or articles you have cited.
Your instructor for this course requires APA style for citations. The links on this page will help you understand and create citations in that style. For help creating citations in other formats (which you may need for other courses) see the Style Guides and Manuals guide.
When you use databases and other indexing tools, you'll find that you can usually save the citations you choose in the format required for your paper.
For example, in Academic Search Complete, you can save the citations you select into a folder, then save them as a file to your desktop choosing a Citation Format that is appropriate for your research paper.
You can also use the Export Manager to save your citation in any of the following formats:
Exporting to a bibliographic management software package allows you to save your resources for later searching and also allows you to format the citations and embed them into your paper. This is especially valuable for longer papers, including theses and dissertations, and for topics you return to over time.
As a UK student, staff or faculty member, you can download EndNote, one of the more powerful bib. management tools, at the UK Download site.
Need assistance with any aspect of using a formatting tool? Ask Us for assistance.