Research Papers For Dummies
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A huge faux-pas in the world of research papers is stealing someone else’s ideas. You need to give credit for your sources of information when you’re writing your research paper. Use these rules for citing your sources:

  • Provide a citation for all direct quotations from printed, electronic, or human sources.

  • Cite the source whenever you employ someone else’s ideas, even if you express them in your own words.

  • Cite the source when you use a train of logic or an organizational pattern created by someone else.

  • Don’t cite the source for information that is common knowledge.

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Geraldine Woods is the author of more than 40 books, including the popular English Grammar For Dummies. She has taught high school and middle school English for over 25 years.

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