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Harvard's Guide to Using Sources

This guide is the most comprehensive guide on citation.  It is divided into sections but is best read entirely from start to finish.

Why Use Sources?

The art of citation is a critical skill for all in the GU-Q community. Learning more about why  you cite and how to cite can assist you in avoiding plagiarism.  That is to say, when you are quoting or parapharsing another's thoughts or ideas, you must cite that author's work.  In doing so, you are showcasing both the author's analyses and ideas as proof of your own analyses or new idea in your writing or presentation. 

However, more than simply avoiding charges of plagiarism or violations of the Honor Council here at GU-Q, you are demonstrating your understanding of  the process of scholarly writing and situating yourself as a scholarly writer into this community of inquiry.  


Knowledge from Knowledge...

Consider this analogy.  Here at GU-Q we often refer to writing a research paper or organizing a scholarly presentation as  "joining a conversation," and this conversatation is a three step process.  

Students, especially, are expected to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the reading material you have been assigned and/or gathered
  • Refer to the sources to support the ideas you have developed (Remember, knowledge from knowledge...)
  • Distinguish your analysis of the readings from the author's analyses.

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