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Using and Citing Online Sources
Using and Citing Online Sources

Using and Citing Online Sources Activity: In Plain Cite: How To Credit Others' Work

Instructions for Your Students

What's Going on Today

We hear ya: citations aren't the most exciting thing since sliced bread. Or Twitter. Or that thing that Lady Gaga did last week. But love 'em or hate 'em, you gotta learn them. Check out how to give others props for using their work and ideas, and once you've got that down, race with your friends to see who can get ex-cite-d the fastest. Stop, really, we'll be here all week.


When your instructor asks you to go to the websites below, open them in your browser.

Why Cite Information Sources. Read the article, then discuss these questions:

  1. Why is it important to cite your information sources?
  2. Have you ever read some "facts," maybe online, that didn't provide sources? Did you wonder where they got their information from?
  3. When might you want to look into the sources for an article you've read?
  4. Have you ever had to cite your sources in class before, maybe for a research paper?

Purdue Writing Lab Citation Guides.

Citation Machine. Check your work with this handy-dandy citation wizard.