MODULE 4: Articles as Information Sources:
Section 5 of 5, DOCUMENTATION, page 1 of 1.

DOCUMENTATION

Documentation means telling the reader where you got that information.

If you are paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting, or if you are using a graph, chart, or just one piece of data, you need to document all of your sources.

Consider that an article may have any number of authors. For articles from newsletters, newspapers, or magazines (as opposed to scholarly journals), there may be no stated author at all.

Documentation is a complex process—one which takes good recordkeeping, time, and the proper tools, i.e., style manual(s), to do well.

The following examples are not provided to show you how to do documentation (see Modules 2 and 8 for more information in that regard).

The examples which follow are intended to:

Tip: The examples below are for articles retrieved from databases. Documenting these types of resources always involves the name of the database from which the source was accessed and may require the date of retrieval as well.

References are shown in American Psychological Association (APA) style.

EXAMPLE 1.

This is the listing (image from a database results list) for an article from a journal.

This is the reference as it would appear in a college paper:

Ingram, M. & Rapee, M. (2006). The effect of chocolate

   on the behaviour of preschool children. Behaviour

   Change 23(1), 73-82. Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology

   Journals database.

 

   EXAMPLE 2.

This is the listing (image from a database results list) for an article from a newspaper.

This is the reference as it would appear in a college paper:

Koeppel, D. (2003, May 11). Unexpected joys of a workplace

     seen the second time a round. The New York Times,

     p. 10.1. Retrieved from ProQuest Newspapers database.

 

END OF SECTION: DOCUMENTATION


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