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Researching Topics in Theater: Citing Resources

Citation Tools

Citation Management Software

Finding Information about a Journal

Not sure if a journal is scholarly? Look up the journal in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. This directory will give you information about the journal such as type, publisher and what databases you can find it indexed in. 

If the journal​ has a striped referred shirt next to it's name, it is a peer reviewed journal.


Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of another author's words, theories, or ideas without giving proper credit.

avoid plagiarism

The best practice to avoid plagiarism is to give credit where credit is due. Here is a brief list of guidelines for when information must be cited:

  • When you use exact words or a specific phrase taken from an original source like a book, journal article, or magazine article.
  • When you rephrase an author’s ideas or information in your own words (paraphrase).
  • When you re-use tables, images, audio or videos from an original source.
  • When you use information from an interview or formal conversation with an individual.

Always take a few minutes when you proofread your papers to check for common mistakes that can lead to plagiarism. Here’s a short checklist:

checkDoes every direct quotation have a source citation?

checkDoes every paraphrase or summary have a source citation?

checkDoes every image, table, or other visual materials have a source citation?

checkDoes your list of works cited include all the sources used in your paper?