What should you not cite

Much of the buzz on campus this fall was over the new Dicke Hall, a center for studying the humanities at Trinity. But did you know that the Dicke family is also a huge supporter of the Coates Library?

Special Collections and Archives houses the Dicke Collection of fine art books. Donated by James F. Dicke (class of 1968), the collection consists primarily of fine art-related books, including catalog raisonnés (comprehensive lists of an artist’s works), exhibition catalogues, artist books, etc.

Types of citations

There are three types of citations:

  • In-text: This is the “tag” in the text itself. The format varies depending on the chart used or a specific theme. Some style guides recommend using numbers, while others use author names and publication dates. A reference list is created based on the cited text and placed at the end of the document as “References” or “Citation List”, either numerically or alphabetically.

What is the “correct” number of references?

Here are tips on how to decide if you have enough resources. We also provide general reminders on how to use referrals effectively. After all, citations serve to promote your article while keeping your research as the main point.

  • One way to gauge how many references you should have is to search academic journals for the type of article in your field. Check your author guidelines for reference count limits for your article type, and make sure your reference list adheres to these limits in the journal.
  • Read recent articles related to your topic; see how many references other authors have had in their articles for the same type of article as yours, and how many times that work has been cited on each page.
  • Remember that the above methods will give you an estimate of the total number of citations to include, but they won’t tell you how many citations you need per page. It’s impossible to say the latter simply because some sections may not be mentioned at all (the results section, for example).

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Plagiarism is a serious violation of the academic honor code. If you are not honest with your production, plagiarism, or even self-plagiarism, can result in you failing an assignment or being expelled from your academic institution. This is a serious topic that can jeopardize your entire academic career, so it is critical that students know how to avoid plagiarism in their essays.

For example, the Staley Library at Millikin University prevents plagiarism: A guide for students lists the offenses they consider plagiarism. Similar rules are observed in all centers.

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