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Overview

The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources-now in its third edition-offers the most thorough and up-to-date discussion of plagiarism and the proper use of sources available today. Featuring new introductory material that uses current events to highlight the importance of ethics and clarity in writing, this edition also incorporates the latest revisions to MLA, CSE, and CMS styles and the lexicon of electronic materials. This succinct and accessible handbook helps writers of all levels to assess, quote, cite, and present information from a variety of sources, including electronic and Internet sources. It features samples, updated throughout, of writing and style sheets, as well as a checklist for quoting and paraphrasing, to help strengthen writing in any discipline.

This handy guide helps writers answer questions such as: Do I need to acknowledge the source of my information? Should I paraphrase or quote the material? How much can I quote? How should I introduce and present the quoted material? How should I cite electronic and Internet sources?.

About the Author:
James P. Davis is associate professor at Denison University, where he teaches English and cultural studies

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Editorial Reviews

The Athenaeum
The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources is a handy, reference guide that will prove invaluable to both high school and university students, as well as for academicians and writers needing a refresher course on how to properly cite sources . . . I highly recommend this book to writers of every ilk, and as an essential resource for students in every academic discipline.
Jay Hamilton
The concise Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources is very clearly organized and readable, with excellent examples—particularly those about incorporating cited material into prose.
Teresa Fishman
This is a useful reference and I especially appreciate the user-friendly organization that will allow writers to easily locate information on quoting and paraphrasing properly. There is much more here than just a style guide. In addition to addressing the mechanics of citation, this book answers questions that beginning writers should be asking, like "when is quoting better than paraphrasing?" and "how trustworthy is this source?"
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Despite its compact size, this volume by Davis (Denison Univ.) offers much information. The first chapter provides an in-depth look at evaluating electronic sources, plagiarism, elements of a citation, and popular style manuals. Chapter 2 discusses various ways one acquires knowledge—from observations, experiences, and class discussions/presentations—and when one needs to credit the source. Other chapters provide guidance in paraphrasing and in citing books, articles, and electronic resources. Also featured is a chapter on how to present quotations and what punctuation to use. The book's appendix lists useful websites that will help with both writing skills and citation formats. The real value of this book is evident in its discussion of the selection of materials to use in writing papers, the evaluation of sources selected for the paper (particularly web sources), and the basic process of writing a paper. This is a good, basic guide for beginning writers. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and two-year technical program students; general audience.
Choice
Despite its compact size, this volume by Davis (Denison Univ.) offers much information. The first chapter provides an in-depth look at evaluating electronic sources, plagiarism, elements of a citation, and popular style manuals. Chapter 2 discusses various ways one acquires knowledge—from observations, experiences, and class discussions/presentations—and when one needs to credit the source. Other chapters provide guidance in paraphrasing and in citing books, articles, and electronic resources. Also featured is a chapter on how to present quotations and what punctuation to use. The book's appendix lists useful websites that will help with both writing skills and citation formats. The real value of this book is evident in its discussion of the selection of materials to use in writing papers, the evaluation of sources selected for the paper (particularly web sources), and the basic process of writing a paper. This is a good, basic guide for beginning writers. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and two-year technical program students; general audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742554139
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/29/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,217,737
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Davis is associate professor at Denison University, where he teaches English and cultural studies.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the New Edition ix

The Challenges of Academic Writing in the Age of Misinformation 1

Questions of Authorship and Authority 3

Evaluating Sources and Entering the Dialogue 8

Decisions to Make 12

Plagiarism 13

Popular Style Manuals 16

Elements Required in a Citation 18

When Do You Need to Acknowledge a Source? 21

Material from Classroom Discussion 21

Common Knowledge 22

Using Textbooks as Sources 24

Using Sources in Class Presentations 25

When Should You Paraphrase and when Should you Quote? 29

How Should You Paraphrase Information from a Source? 33

Selecting Information from Your Source 33

Giving Credit to Your Source 36

The Importance of Accuracy in Paraphrasing 38

How Should you Quote Material from a Source? 41

How Much to Quote 41

How to Present a Quotation 42

How to Show Additions and Deletions in a Quotation 45

Writing about Literature 52

How Should you Punctuate Quotations? 55

Introducing a Quotation 55

Ending a Quotation 56

Presenting Quotations within Quotations 57

Punctuating Titles 58

Quoting Poetry 59

Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation 60

How Should you Select and Cite Electronic and Internet Sources? 63

Source Reliability: A Sample Topic 65

Citing Internet Websites 69

Other Electronic Sources 71

A Further Note About Style Manuals 75

Revision Checklist For Quoting and Paraphrasing 81

Appendix: Internet Resources 83

Works Cited 95

About The Author 99

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