Proper Citation

As a member of an academic committee, you have been taught that citation of sources is an integral part of good research. Yet, many scholars still do not understand the value of citation and often use sloppy and inaccurate citations which have very little or no impact on their academic reputation.

In most of your classes, directory citations will be used in the class report and in essays for review. However, it can be overlooked by students as they tend to view all citation types as equal. However, the fact is that some citation styles are more appropriate than others.

A good example of this is the style of citing sources in your bibliography. This method is considered acceptable for students, yet many scholars still misuse it which is why it is important for you to make sure that you use appropriate style in your citations.

When a student has a bibliography, he/she knows that it contains references of different works by different authors. However, if a student neglects the usage of a particular style in citation of sources, he/she could do more harm than good to his/her reputation. By adopting the wrong citation style, a student could also cause problems in citation of other works by the same author which could have a major impact on the citation process. This would result to a lot of unnecessary paper trails, which would take years to go through.

Another good example of improper citation style is to cite the work by the author of the article where you are citing. This is not only unprofessional, but it also is considered to be plagiarism. The fact is that all other references to the article have to be cited in your own source citation, which is another form of plagiarism.

So, it is important for you to know the difference between directory citations and your own source citations. You should use both the forms of citation and remember that they all have their own benefits. Your job as a scholar is to choose the best and the most appropriate among the two.

If you want to cite someone’s work in your own source citation, then your citation style should follow the following guidelines. First, you should use the first person plural form in the citation such as “Peter J. Smith”Jane Smith.” Second, you should use the singular “Peter J.” Third, you should also avoid using the possessive form such as “Peter J Smith’s papers.”

Citations from books can be written as if they were citations from the authors’ own book pages; however, you should remember that you cannot provide quotes within the citation. as quotes usually a source citation must be provided in the form of a quote. If a book has an introduction and conclusion, then it is necessary to provide the full citation in that format as well, even if the book is not in the form of a bibliography.

With this said, it is easy to see that proper citation form is a vital part of research. If you want to learn more about the correct citation style for your subject, then you should check out our website.