2. Attribution and Bibliographic Citations

Attribution, at its most basic level, requires that you include a bibliographic citation for each source that you use. Bibliographic citations contain the information about the source of your information. Typical elements in bibliographic citations from the print publication world include: 
  • author, editor, translator, organization (corporate author) or other creator of the content
  • title and subtitle
  • indication of which edition or version
  • name of journal, series, encyclopedia, or other parent publication in which the work appears
  • publication information
    - place of publication

    – name of publishing body
    – date of publication
Two types of attribution:
  • Full citations, which are typically listed at the end of the document.
  • Partial citations, which are in the body of your document — usually right next to the quote or paragraph that refers to the source idea you are using.
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