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The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources

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The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources, 3rd Edition. By James P. Davis. (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Lanham, Maryland: 2007. Pg. vi, 66.) ISBN 10: 0-7425-5413-9. ISBN 13: 978-0-7425-5413-9.

Reviewed by Herbert White - July 16, 2007

Plagiarism can be the death-knell to any academic career. Yet it is a charge that is easily avoided by taking care to properly acknowledging the sources that you use in both written and oral presentations. In the third edition of The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources, edited by James P. Davis, you will learn how to properly acknowledge your sources, how to appropriately quote or paraphrase material, how to cite electronic and Internet sources, how to properly attribute information when answering a question orally, or when giving a formal presentation, and much more.

In addition to offering concise and easy to understand advice on how to properly acknowledge your sources - no matter what discipline you are working in - this handy little book also discusses the applicable moral and academic considerations that need to be taken into account when dealing with outside sources. Davis, who is an associate professor at Denison University, offers advice that will help you to decide when, and how, you need to cite your sources. He outlines how to determine when a given piece of information is actually considered common knowledge - and therefore does not need to be cited. He also offers advice on how to select the material that you are going to use from your source.

The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources is a handy, reference guide that will prove invaluable to both high school and university students, as well as for academicians and writers needing a refresher course on how to properly cite sources. In addition, this book offers a plethora of examples, so that you will easily be able to learn the correct formats to use when citing your sources in a written format. Before you write your next paper, give your next speech, or begin your next book, read this book! Properly citing your sources will not only save you from the charge of plagiarism, but is also gives your work more authority by documenting the research that went into it. I highly recommend this book to writers of every ilk, and as an essential resource for students in every academic discipline.

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