How to refer to your sources

Use the appropriate term for the source. Do not call a political treatise a novel or a journal entry a poem. Types of sources we typically deal with include:

  • poems
  • novels
  • newspaper articles
  • political treatises
  • speeches
  • maps
  • logs (from logbooks)
  • journal entries
  • interviews
  • monographs (academic books by a single author)

Another question that arises is how should you refer to the section of the source you are quoting. Here are some possibilities (noting, of course, that certain possibilities apply only to certain sources).

  • the passage
  • the excerpt
  • the quotation
  • the stanza (of a poem)
  • the line (of a play)

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