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English 201: Strategies for Academic Writing

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Citation Styles

This guide will provide you with the tools to properly cite your sources. The citation styles include: 



Citation Tools (links)

Following the Conversation with Citations (Cited Reference Searching) (video)

When to Cite (video)

Putting sources in conversation (video)

Try it Out: Citation Hunt (activity)

Citation parts help us identify different voices and perspectives in the broader conversation about a subject. For example, publication dates can tell us who shared an idea or finding first. Sometimes it can be challenging to find citation details because each source and search tools display this information differently. Part of college-level research is keeping track of citation information and sharing it with readers. 

Citation Hunt

Review the source or record linked in each question. Fill in the blanks with the correct citation information for each source. Use the "Show Solution"  button to see if you found the right answer.


21st Century Skills: Plagiarism as oppression (activity)

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?

Writing without Plagiarism (tutorial menu)

Writing Without Plagiarism

This is a guide to organizing your research and writing process so that you minimize the risk of plagiarism. It will help you answer questions like:

What is Plagiarism?Do I need to cite this?How do I cite this?How do I keep track of all the sources I use?