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    Citing References Question

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by cm224402, Jul 22, 2016.

    So I'm writing a plot summary for a book (for school)

    Am I allowed to read online summaries of the book, for more reference?
    And if I do, when do I have to cite the source of the summary? If I just skim over it and use the information to improve my summary, without copying anything word for word, do I have to cite the source?
     
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    Yes, for academic writing you would cite the source. You'd use direct quotes if you're copying word for word, but even if you're not doing that and just using ideas or analysis written by others, you should cite.
     
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    Ok, thank you.
     
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    In most academic situations, yes, but the answer really should come from your teacher.

    But, yes, if you use them, read them, are in any way influenced by them, you must cite them. Even if you're sure that that idea, the one that seems so terribly obvious now that you've read it, would have come to you even if you hadn't read it...cite.
     

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