Tips for Citing with the Best Way

Literature review? Good sources? Reading materials? Best references? Citations??

The best references are come from the good materials which considered as academic sources as well as highly cited paper(?). Tips for getting the good sources for your paper will be shared in the next article. Indeed, citation is very important to researcher. We must know the significance of writing and citations. Even we have a very good writing skills but the citations are very bad, it will not help us to get the great mark. Remember, if we do not cite any sources, our supervisor will consider our writing are doing PLAGIARISM. So how? Do  citation!

Today, I would like to share with all of you on tips for citing with the best way.

  • First, please ask the advise from your supervisor which citation styles that he/she prefers. If your university has the standard citation style, you may refer to postgradute center (or whatever they called).
  • You should know the details of your citation style. The most commonly used citation styles are:
    • APA (American Psychological Association)
    • Harvard Style
    • MLA (Modern Language Association)
    • The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Always refer to the guideline on your chosen citation style to ensure the criteria and requirement.
  • You must understand and differentiate between in-text citation and list of references. In-text citation is any idea or quote that you refer in between of text in your writing. However, list of references or some scholars called “bibliography” is the list with the standard format that linked to the in-text citation. This list always we locate at the end of pages. If you have the in-text citation, means you must have the standard citation in your list of references.
  • When quoting, you must determine that you want to paraphrase or quote another author’s work? Paraphrase means that you refer to another author’s idea, then you create your own words in the writing and quote another author’s work, you quote directly without any changes.
  • Is there any limitation of number of citations? The answer is NO. But, make it significant of any idea that you want to throw out in your writing.

So where are you now? Still in the beginning of your writing or it’s like at the end? Have you doing the citation? So, please be smart with your citation. The citation will help you to have a properly writing and proves what you refer and know.

One more tip, did you know some of our examiners like to look your list of references before they read your paper? Hehehe..

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MOHD IKHWAN ISMAIL
Senior Librarian
Reference & Research Division
Hamzah Sendut Library
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM
Penang
E-mail: ikhwanismail@usm.my
Tel: 6317@ 04-6536317
http://www.lib.usm.my
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On-Demand Training “Information Literacy Skills (Advanced)”

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On 26th April 2017 (Wednesday ) , we received a special request from lecturers of IPG Sultan Abdul Halim for organizing the training of “Information Literacy Skills (Advanced)“. About 19 lecturers were participated in this training.

Our librarian Mr. Mohd Kamal Napiah who responsible to facilitate this training and assisted by Mdm. Rosnani Ahmad were conducting the class of three hours.

This successful training had been held at Computer Lab, Perpustakaan Hamzah Sendut.

Thank you very much to all participants for making the training a success!!

Why citing is important?

Every student always asking about why citing is important? When the student meets his/her supervisor, they always said that citation is very important and please get a good citation and reference for your thesis.

It’s very important to cite any source you took in your research for several reasons. I will share why citing is important to your attention.

  • When you cite any idea or information from other sources, you are responsible to give credit or acknowledgement to other researchers as known as owners of that source.
  • To avoid the plagiarism.  Please do not “steal” the other ideas those owned by someone else. Please respect them.
  • To show everybody that you have done a good research by listing all sources and references.
  • To help your supervisor and reader to track down the sources. So, they also can read and verify whatever you cite in your research.
  • To show your reader you follows a standard of citation styles. Now, you have done a good job because you follow the standard of your university too.
  • To be a good student to your supervisor and university.

To be continued…..

 

 

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MOHD IKHWAN ISMAIL
Senior Librarian
Reference & Research Division
Hamzah Sendut Library
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM
Penang
E-mail: ikhwanismail@usm.my
Tel: 6317@ 04-6536317
http://www.lib.usm.my
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