Knowing the source of information allows you, the reader, to judge its importance for
In fact, so many people have seen the value of citation that it has become
standard in academic writing and in many professions.
At Kaplan University, you will
use one form of citation, called APA citation, for all of your courses.
This form follows
regular rules, making it easy for writers to use and readers to understand.
Often when we write, we find it helpful to include information written by another author.
We can use the APA citation style to identify this added information.
pretend you are writing an informative paper on Eleanor Roosevelt.
already know several things about her, including the fact that she was President Franklin
D. Roosevelt's wife.
You might also know that she was President Theodore Roosevelt's
To write a good paper, however, you are going to have to do some research, and a
great place to start is the Kaplan Library (which you can access by clicking the “Library”
icon at the top right-hand corner of any Kaplan page).
If you are looking for books, once in the library, click "Traditional Books."
find the book
Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar
by Allida M. Black.
From this book, you would learn that Eleanor Roosevelt
was one of the founders of the United Nations.
You do not need to limit yourself to just books, however. Articles can be very useful, and
the Kaplan Library has several databases full of articles.
To access them, you would
enter the library and then click "Electronic Articles."
Academic Search Elite is one useful
database which you will use a great deal as a Kaplan University student.
Within it, you
might find the article "A First Lady of Many Firsts" by Lewis Lord, an article appearing in
US News and World Report
in December 2003. This article contains many interesting
facts, including that she was the first to take unscripted questions from reporters.
to this, reporters had to submit questions ahead of time to both presidents and first
ladies. Eleanor Roosevelt felt this limited free speech.
Two days later, her husband
followed her lead and this White House tradition ended.
Websites can also prove valuable, but it is important to evaluate their credibility.
for websites that have an author or organization with credentials listed.
For example, the
website contains information on many people it has profiled, including Eleanor
Here is the link to it:
navigating this page, you might find information about how the FBI, at J. Edgar Hoover's
order, created a 3,000 page file on Eleanor Roosevelt.
He felt her support for anti-
lynching laws, her opposition to Senator Joseph McCarthy, and her other views were a
danger to the American status quo.