Citing: how to
When you copy literal phrasings of another author (or your own, previous work), you're citing another text. Some quick guidelines:
- Always use quotation marks: "..."
- Refer to the source immediately after the citation
- If you use a footnote reference style, also add the page number
- Is it a citation of 40 words or more? Then it's a block quote. Block quotes start on a new line, are indented, and don't need quotation marks
There are some advantages to citing:
- You can cite others to support your own thesis
- You can focus on the way the author phrases their findings
- You can contrast what the author claims with what you claim
- Citing puts the emphasis on the researcher and not their findings
But there are downsides as well:
- It's harder to foreground your own voice
- It's not ideal for the flow of your text
Studentenportaal. "Citeer." Universiteit Gent. www.ugent.be/student/nl/studeren/taaladvies/schrijven/refereer/citeer.htm Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.
Last modified Aug. 16, 2023, 12:54 p.m.