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Citing Your Sources: Business
Information on commonly used citation styles, such as MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and more
After collecting sources from your research, it's time to write your paper. It's important to write a paper in your own words. Students sometimes assume as long as they cite a source in their bibliography, that it’s ok to copy and paste chunks of text from the source into their paper. The following video and powerpoint offer helpful tips to avoid plagiarism. Both discuss how to quote, paraphrase and summarize from sources so that you approach your paper from an analytical viewpoint. You will learn how information from different sources relate to each other and how they tie in with the rest of the paper so that you keep your voice the focus of the paper.
Aside from citing articles and books, have you ever wondered how to cite a company annual report or an industry report? The reality is, there is no "official" style for citing business sources. However, it is common practice to use adaptations of one of the following citation styles: the American Psychological Association (APA) Style or the Chicago Style. Whichever style you choose, use it consistently for the entire project/paper.
This customized APA citation guide for Wright State business students is loosely based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). The manual is available at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the Dunbar Library. See Chapter 10 for more examples.