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Citing Sources

Page history last edited by sandra jamieson 13 years, 8 months ago


So let us take a nicely color coded paragraph and add citations.  I made up the sources and the citations just to show you how to do it. The words are Tom's (thanks Tom)


Even with all the major financial companies in serious condition, there is still hope.  According to Alan Jones, on Monday, September 29, a bill was brought to the House of Representatives.  It is hoped that this bill will end the crisis that has turned the economy of not only the United States, but also the world, upside down (“Bill”).  This rescue proposition is worth $700 billion, which, Susie Qu explains is the largest amount of money the government has ever put out in an intervention.  With such a large amount, both Democrats and Republicans were uneasy of aiding the big businesses that were unable to capitalize on the large risks they had taken (“Bailout” 4).  At first pass, the House was not able to pass the bill, even though Joe Sixpack points out that a majority of American citizens were not in favor of it (“Supporters of the Bill”).  Luckily for the financial world, the bill was finally passed on Friday, October 3. 


COMMENTS: There is material from three different (made up) sources here. Each source has a different color font. There is also some common knowledge or interpretation by the author (the material in black)


REVISIONS: We added introductory phrases to indicate who is speaking, and parenthetical citations to tell us where the source ends (and what it was). The complete citation appears in the works cited list.


To double-check yourselves, color code all source summaries and quotations in this way and make sure each color block has something at each end--an identification of the speaker at the begining, and an identification of the source at the end.

Think of the journalistic questions to hel you remember what to include:

 * WHO said it?                    "According to . . ."

 * WHAT did she say?           your summary, paraphrase, or quotation

 * WHERE did she say it?       parenthetical citaion of all or part of the title

 * WHEN did she say it?        complete citation in the works cited list


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