View Full Version : Question About Citing Sources

Jun 9th, 2009, 08:05 PM
I am doing a research project in MLA format and in my written "report" I only cited certain sources. On my bibliography however, I cited all the sources I used to help with my research including ones not mentioned in the report. Is this okay to do? If it helps, my bibliography is annotated so...

Jun 9th, 2009, 08:11 PM
Can I ask why you didn't cite certain sources? I'm guessing you just used them for general info/perspective on the issue, like background info right? If thats the case yeah I think you're OK referencing them in the bibliography - I'd just make sure in the annotation you mention what purpose it served in helping you write the report.

Jun 9th, 2009, 08:12 PM
every fact that you read in another paper/book should be referenced as to where you got that info.

Any books/papers you read but didn't directly use for the project can be mentioned in the bibliography but you have to state you read it for 'fruther reserach' or something like that.

Jun 10th, 2009, 02:00 AM
Thankyou :) .

Jun 10th, 2009, 03:38 AM
I don't know your situation, but in grad school, you must have all of your references cited in the paper.

As stupid as it is, and as crap as the "rules" in academia are, it's better to overcite sources than be accused of plagiarism, and better to excise sources altogether when you can't directly use them in the text.

Jun 10th, 2009, 04:48 AM
i just cite everything so nothing can come back and bite me in the ass