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WAK GSW 101: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies: Citing Sources

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There are several tutorials on this page, covering when/why to cite and how to use our MLA and APA citation guides.  There is also an activity, based on a recent circumstance, underscoring why citations matter.

MLA and APA Guides

The guides linked below offer information about formatting your document as well as citing your sources properly.  Click on the How Do I Cite? pull down menu, then click on your source type to see examples of how to create an in-text citation and a works cited entry for that source type.

Citing for Better Writing

Watch the three videos: 1. Keeping track of the conversation with citations, 2. When to cite, and 3.Putting sources in conversation. Use the arrow commands below the media player to move on to the next video.


21st Century Skills: Plagiarism as oppression

Plagiarism occurs when a person uses someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit. Reusing work you did for a previous assignment-- even though it is your own-- is also considered plagiarism. As a college student, there are consequences for academic misconduct like plagiarism described in the UWM Student Handbook, but there are serious repercussions for plagiarism in the professional realm as well.  At best, failing to distinguish your ideas from the work of others can ruin your credibility, at worst plagiarism can perpetuate systems of oppression like racism and gender-based bias (Chakravartty, Kuo, Grubbs, and McIlwain, 2018; Maliniak, Powers, and Walter 2013; King, Berstrom, Correll, Jacquet, and West, 2020).

1. Follow the Thread

Read the Twitter thread embedded as a PDF. In this series of related posts, Dr. Samantha Ege a professional Musicologist and pianist, shares her experience with having her work plagiarized by a powerful colleague. A text-only transcript of the Twitter thread is located below the embedded tweet.

2. Discuss

  • How is what Rodreguez King-Dorset did different from summarizing or paraphrasing Samantha Ege's work?
  • What are some strategies you could use to avoid plagiarism in your writing and research?