A bit of humor
The real question here is, did Calvin remember his citations?
Here are some tips to help make the task of citation easier.
1. Use the document tools.
Even if you use Refworks or another online tool, you might find it good to know that you can use Microsoft Word to manage the citations in a specific document. This citation tool allows you to shift between styles quickly and effortlessly if you need to.
And now Google Docs had a citation tool too: http://lifehacker.com/insert-citations-in-multiple-formats-easily-with-google-1629738089
2. Don't wait to cite.
As you use a resource, whether quote, statistic or paraphrase, cite it. Don't wait to the end of the paper to try to go back and remember where you found the information in the first place.
3. Use an online tool.
As a student at LU, you have access to Refworks, which is an online bibliographic tool. This tool allows you to store the documents you find via searches in one central location. It also helps you build bibliographies on the fly.
1. Exhibits courtesy and respect for other's work
2. Provides resources to others who may have similar topics and things to investigate
3. Allows the reader / observer to compare your discoveries and ideas to others
4. Provides support for your research or ideas and strengthens your work
5. Helps to show direction of thinking
6. Looks professional and keeps document readable
7. Avoids plagiarism, with bonus of appreciation to previous authors
8. Prevents embarrassment of false discovery
9. Allows you to find the documentation again when you've "lost," it
10. It's fun.
Did I plagiarize?
Ever wondered if you plagerized? This article links to a very handy chart:
One of the little surprises of academic life is the joy of discovering that there isn't just one single way to cite a source. In fact, depending upon a variety of details, including topics, the school one attends, and the needs of the publisher or professor, there can be hundreds. Fortunately for most of us, most professors opt for one of the more well known citation styles.
- MLA style, which is typically used by the Humanities
- APA style, which is often used by Education, Psychology, and Business.
- Chicago/Turabian, which is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts
The key is, once a style is chosen for a document, stick with that style; and make sure it's the one that the professor requires (Pfitzinger, 2012).
Fortunately, there are loads of awesome tools to help you "stay in style," in your paper.
Pfitzinger, Scott. "Butler University Libuide: Citations Guide." 2012.Web. <http://libguides.butler.edu/citations>.
Waterson, Bill. "Calvin and Hobbes." 2012.Web. <http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1993/02/11>