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ENG 1061/1070 English Composition/Effective Speaking: Using sources

Getting started with background research for composition and speech topics.

Using sources

Harvard Guide to Using Sources

An introduction to to the fundamentals of using sources in academic papers. Includes these sections:

  • Why use sources?
  • Evaluating Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Integrating Sources
  • Citing Sources

Plagiarism: How Not to Do It

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Learn how to cite responsibly

Helpful instructional materials from Indiana University's School of Education on how to be responsible when using sources in your writing.


⇒Have a plan for keeping track of sources, from the beginning

Don't copy any text from a source without putting it in quotes in your notes

Use library resources and grab the citations already formatted