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How to Cite a Source

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How to Cite a Source
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Basics on the topic How to Cite a Source

In this video, you will learn how to cite a source using information from printed media and digital media.

You can also find a worksheet to practice citing sources.

Transcript How to Cite a Source

"Wait, Ernie, you forgot your source!” "I have my sauce, thank you very much, Jane.” “I said source, Ernie, not sauce!” Let’s join in as Jane teaches Ernie how to cite a source. In writing, sometimes facts, ideas, and information from other pieces of writing are used. They can come from printed media, such as a book or a newspaper. They can also come from digital media, such as a website or online news articles. We call these sources. If you use information that other people wrote, but do not mention where you got the information from this is called plagiarism, which is a big no no. When sources are used, we make a list of them at the end of our writing, in something called a bibliography. A bibliography is where we list our sources, in alphabetical order. But how can we correctly write our sources for the bibliography? Let's practice with this book! When citing sources, first, start with the author's name. Books usually have the author's name on the cover, or on the title page. This book has the author here on the cover, so write the last name, then the first name, Mato, Tom, with a period after. Next, write the title of the book or article. Books usually have the title on the cover or on the title page. This book is called 'The History of Ketchup', so write it after the authors name, with a period after. Next, if it is included, write the publisher, which a company which prints books or magazines. You can find the publisher on the title page of a book, usually at the bottom. This book is published by Sauce Publishing, so write it after the title, with a period. Finally, write the year or date the source was published, or released. In a book, this can also be found on the title page, near the publisher info. This book was published in two thousand and five, so write it at the end, with a final period! Let's take a look at a digital source, such as an article from a news website! What is the first step? First, write the author's name, with a period. On website articles, this can usually be found under the title of the article, or at the end. Here, the author is Maya Naze, so write the last name, then first name. What comes after the authors name? The title of the article! On website articles, this is usually in big font at the top of the page, like this. Write it after the author's name. What comes after the title? The publisher! With website articles, this is usually the website name. Here is the website name, so write it after the title. What comes after the publisher? The date or year the article was published. Website articles usually have specific dates, like this, so write it at the end. Jane and Ernie have finished their sources list. Now we need them in alphabetical order in a bibliography like this! While Ernie and Jane publish the final piece, let's review. Remember, when you use information from print or digital media, you should make a bibliography of your sources. Print media usually has a title page at the beginning of the book with all the information needed on it. Digital media usually has all the information on the web page you are viewing. To cite sources, first, write the author's name. Next, write the title of the book or article. Then, write the name of the publisher. Finally, write the year or date of publication. “Oh come here, I'll do it for you!” "Well, Jane. You've got your sauce now!"