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ECON 211: Cite Sources

Welcome! This guide is intended as a resource for the Current Events Project for Dr. Sonja Kolstoe's section of ECON 211.

Research process

1. Explore topic basics and develop keywords (casual searching)

2. Understand how to evaluate sources of information (CRAAP method + information literacy and critical thinking)

3. Apply techniques (keywords + evaluation strategy) to find articles (library databases, materials, and more)

4. Support your analysis (cite reliable sources)

5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians and other resources)

Avoiding plagiarism

The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as "[t]he practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own" 

You're plagiarizing when you: 

  • Copy, quote, paraphrase or summarize any source without citing the source 
  • Purchase a research paper 
  • Allow another person to write a research paper for you
  • Submit another person's work in your name

To avoid plagiarism, give credit whenever you use:

  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
  • any piece of information that is not common knowledge
  • another person’s actual spoken or written words
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words


Organization practices?

How do YOU organize and/or save your research?

12:30 class, answer here!  Then, view results

2:00 class, answer here!    Then, view results

Having a strategy for organizing and saving your research will come in handy as you continue to find articles throughout the semester. Even if you don't use these articles for your group presentation, saving them will create a knowledge bank of good topics, authors, and sources to which you can refer when starting a fresh search.

Citing Sources: APA

You always have the most control over the accuracy of your citations when you do it by hand using the selected style manual (above).

Additional resources:

Manage & Organize

ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool that assists researchers in gathering, organizing, annotating, and citing their sources. Accounts are free to anyone with an SU email address (students, staff, faculty).

RefWorks Login

To set up your account, go here.

Please note that citation tools like RefWorks are only as perfect as the data they are extracting from resources -- you should always double-check your citations to make sure they are correct.

Help Pages: