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Documenting your information

Documenting your information involves several steps:

  1. Writing down successful search strategies and where you have already searched in case you need to find more information later.

  2. Keeping print or electronic (sending to email or saving to flashdrive) copies of the full-text of resources you plan to use.

  3. Generating citations in the proper style for your bibliography.

  4. Citing information from particular sources in the body of your paper (called in-text or parenthetical citations).

VIDEO: Why cite sources?

This video (2:14) explains why writers need to cite their sources. From Ohio University Libraries. 

VIDEO: How to read a citation

This video (2:17) shows how to read and understand a citation for a journal article, book, or another type of publication. From the University of Arkansas Libraries.