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Anthropology: Citations

Why Cite?

You must cite the sources that you use to avoid plagiarism. All direct quotes must be cited; all ideas or facts taken from some other writer, even though in your own words, must be cited. It is PLAGIARISM if you copy another's words without quoting! If you paraphrase another's ideas or words without giving credit to the author, it is also PLAGIARISM! 

The LPC guide to academic honesty and plagiarism can be found in the Las Positas College Academic Honesty Statement. The LPC Library also offers a Plagiarism Tutorial . Another good student guide from Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services can be found at Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It.

Citation Basics

For each source that you find, collect….

  1. Author(s) and/or Editor(s).

  2. Date of publication.

  3. Article title.

  4. Publication Title (title of overall item that the article or item was published within).

  5. Publication information; including, edition, volume, pages, place, & publisher.

  6. URL or database name (if found online).

Collecting these elements should be enough to get you started in Noodlebib with APA or MLA or to at least be able to track down your source.  Note that not all sources will have all of these elements & some sources may need additional elements, but it will be a good start.



Noodlbib is a citation creation and management tool.  Watch the below tutorial to learn how to access and use Noodlebib to create a project for your research paper, add citations, and print out a bibliography (Works Cited or References page).