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AFR111: Introduction to Black Culture: Evaluating & Citing Sources

Fall 2016, K. Quashie

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Resources (Univ. of California Berkeley) - Covers scholarly vs. popular publications, primary vs secondary resources, web resources, authority, documentation, etc..

Using Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using (American Library Association)

Citing Sources

  • Remember to cite your souce, when either quoting directly or paraphasing. In other words, cite your source whenever you present an idea that isn't your own.
  • Websites must be cited in your notes/bibliography, too; if you cut and paste - or paraphrase - from a website, cite the webpage.
  • When in doubt, cite your source.
  • Remember to include a context for each quotation/paraphrase. Who said it? Why does it matter? How does this support or contradict the argument you're making?
  • Use MLA (Modern Language Association) format; see either the quick guide (OWL@Purdue) or, for thorny questions, consult that full version: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - ref LB 2369 .G53 2009 (Young Reference & SC Annex Stacks)

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