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WR152: Public Gardens & Urban Wilds: Boston's Natural History

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Citing Sources

Why cite?
1. to recognize and credit an author’s work and ideas.
2. to enable the reader of your paper to find the article (or book, etc.) and read it.
3. to avoid possible copyright and plagiarism problems.

Most of the research tools you use will create a citation in the required style for you.

Who has cited the article? Cited reference searching.

Finding out who has referred to your article connects you to the scholarly “conversation” or discussion of the topic.  You might find articles that agree and other articles that disagree with your author’s methodology, interpretation, conclusions, etc.   

Web of Science: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) 
Cited Reference Search.  (rawson m* 2009)

Google Scholar See Cited by #.

How Was the Book Reviewed? Masterful! Flawed!

Books are reviewed by scholars and researchers working in the same general area.  
Some book reviewers might be from another discipline and have a different perspective.

Book reviews are published as journal articles or by scholarly institutions.  

Type (or copy/paste) the complete title of the book in the search box.  The results begin with the BOOK and follow with REVIEW(s).     

  Example: Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston

Databases and Other Resources are listed in this guide:  

  Book Reviews Research Guide by Donald Altschiller.


Your professor will review plagiarism with you.  The website below provides examples of how to paraphrase and correctly cite the original source.

Avoid Plagiarism, University of Arizona Libraries.

Evaluating Sources

When you Google for sources, be sure you understand where they come from!

Evaluating Information, Johns Hopkins University.  
A guide to evaluating sources including internet resources and social media plus a presentation on "peer review."

Evaluating Sources (YouTube)