Parenthetical Citations

How to NOT plagiarize when using sources

What is it?

Parenthetical documentation is a way to properly cite your sources within a body of text. This is used after a writer takes a quote from someone else's work and puts it in their own to make their argument stronger or to reference studies.
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When do you use it?

You use parenthetical citations for when you reference information that is not your own. This can come from other articles when writing an analysis essay or referencing studies conducted by other organizations.

How do you use it?

When you cite a quote or a piece of information that came from a second hand source, you put your information in quotes: beginning and end, and then close with information about the author. You typically include information such as author last name, page number, volume in the series, and year. Always include information on the author and where it came from in the written work within the parenthesis and END with a period.
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Why do you use it?

You use parenthetical citations to avoid plagarism. This is an easy way to give credit to the author when using their original ideas. Without citing where and who you got your quotes from, is stealing someone else's thoughts and claiming is as your own.