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Geography 127 Guidelines for Citing Sources Learning to cite sources is a crucial skill that all college students need to learn as early as possible. If you don’t yet know how and why we cite sources, this Geography 127 paper assignment offers you a good opportunity to learn the basics. What follows on this sheet are some guidelines that we expect you to follow for your papers. Please note that the information below does not contain all there is to know about citing sources. It’s merely intended to help you get started on the right track. Why do we cite sources? When you quote or paraphrase from books or articles, you are, in a sense, “borrowing” information from others for your paper. Citations allow you to define and give credit to the people whose work and information you “borrow” to write your papers, and in so doing, they let your TAs, professors, and general readers know from who, where, and what you got your information. For research papers where you draw a great deal of your information from other sources (like this paper for Geography 127), it is vital that you give honest, accurate credit where credit is due. By contrast, if your paper were based entirely on your own original work and your own original ideas, you would not have to use citations. What is plagiarism and how do you avoid it? Plagiarism occurs when any author fails to give credit to the arguments, data, or ideas that they borrow from other sources to write their own paper. Plagiarism is the same as stealing: it is illegal, it is against the official policy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and it can lead to very severe consequences. The only way to avoid plagiarizing is to cite any and all of the sources you use in your papers. It is that simple. More specifically: (1) You must provide citations for BOTH direct quotations AND paraphrased material. (2) You must cite each source for each time that you use it; citing a source only once in a paper is not good enough if you again use material from that source later in your paper. That does not mean, however, that you need to cite each source after each sentence. Rather, you cite each
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This note was uploaded on 08/08/2008 for the course GEOG 127 taught by Professor Toland during the Spring '07 term at Wisconsin.

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