offers a very simplified set of reminders about a complex and
exciting process thatinvolves students in the advancement of knowledge
through research. The most basic reminder is to document every
source that has had any significant influence on the work you
present to your professor for review. Further, whenever you are
in doubt about academic expectations or documentation processes,
ask your professor before you submit the work. For detailed help
on documentation protocols, you can consult the Skidmore Guide
to Writing (pages 43-90, or located on the English Department
website), other published guides, and staff in the Writing Center
(Ladd Hall, 320-321).
this paper I have done the following:
carefully any written or verbal instructions my professor provided
for this paper/assignment, including finding out the required
citation format (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).
- Kept careful
notes regarding all of my sources of information and ideas,
including accurate bibliographic information on each source.
- Put quotation
marks around every word, phrase, or larger section of prose
that is quoted from a published source (whether print or electronic),
and including unpublished lectures, media presentations, and
peer collaboration. I have also provided an accurate citation
of the source, both in the footnotes or endnotes and in the
sources entirely in my own words and provided a citation for
a clear and consistent method of documenting all of my sources
(print, oral, electronic, web-based) and used the footnote or
endnote style appropriate to the discipline of the course (for
example, MLA or APA style).
accurate citation for sources of reproduced data summaries,
tables, graphs, and illustrations.
a full bibliography of my sources, according to the documentation
style required for the discipline in question.
once again to be sure that the difference between my own contributions
to the paper and the contributions of others is unmistakably
Dean of Studies
Office, February 2004
Creative Thought Matters.