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Tips for Researching and Citing

While at Oklahoma Christian University, you will get new ideas from many different places. However, when ideas pass from person to person or source to source, you are responsible for showing respect for the original source and personal integrity by giving credit to it. Here are a few tips to keep you honest while researching:

  • Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas.
  • Write down the complete citation information for each concept you use.
  • Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
  • Always credit original authors for their information and ideas even if you paraphrase.