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08-05-17, 15:38
I am asked by my instructor to make a research report of five thousand words on the topic “The Human Evolution.” Human evolution is a lengthy topic and I can get tons of information on it from the web. I will have to give scientific evidences showing the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of approximately six million years. I guess I will get almost all the research from the internet. My instructor did not give any guidelines regarding copying material or sources, but writing everything on my own will not be possible. Even when I am not copying the exact same words, I will have to copy the concept and ideas. Instructor is very particular about copyright issues and often ask students to re-do lengthy assignments because he found out copied material in their work. He has asked us to use ama format style of writing research reports and did not tell us what the correct format is for him. I did some research on the internet trying to find out the formats of writing reports and I found out how necessary the citation is. I even found out found a citation machine ama (http://www.researchomatic.com/ama-citation-generator/) on the internet which I am not sure about yet. Since I will be using a lot of references from other people’s research to prove my point so I will be copying and paraphrasing a lot. I am quiet unsure should I be citing my sources or just ignore this step and paraphrase everything smartly that the teacher will not be able to find out if I copied the work or wrote it on my own.

08-05-17, 17:45
Using citation and source is always a good idea.

Here is what I wrote some time ago about our evolutionary past and presence. It is not well written and still work in progress, or more like neglected work in progress for lack of time, but it should give you few ideas.


09-05-17, 02:11
Citation is a must thing, if you are planning to write a descent paper. Please learn how to cite accurately. There are two citation styles called MLA and APA and I prefer the latter.

MLA Citation Examples


What is APA Style?


In-text Citation with APA
The APA style calls for three kinds of information to be included in in-text citations.
The author's last name and the work's date of publication must always appear, and these items must match exactly the corresponding entry in the references list. The third kind of information, the page number, appears only in a citation to a direct quotation.....(Crockatt, 1995).

Direct quote from the text"
The potentially contradictory nature of Moscow's priorities surfaced first in its policies towards East Germany and Yugoslavia," (Crockatt, 1995, p. 1).

Major Citations for a Reference List/Bibliography
Note: All second and third lines in the APA Bibliography should be indented.

Material Type

Reference List/Bibliography

A book in print
Baxter, C. (1997). Race equality in health care and education. Philadelphia: Ballière Tindall.

A book chapter, print version
Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17-43). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

An eBook
Millbower, L. (2003). Show biz training: Fun and effective business training techniques from the worlds of stage, screen, and song. Retrieved from http://www.amacombooks.org/

An article in a print journal
Alibali, M. W. (1999). How children change their minds: Strategy change can be gradual or abrupt. Developmental Psychology, 35, 127-145.

An article in a journal without DOI
Carter, S., & Dunbar-Odom, D. (2009). The converging literacies center: An integrated model for writing programs. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 14(1), 38-48. Retrieved from http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/

An article in a journal with DOI
Gaudio, J. L., & Snowdon, C. T. (2008). Spatial cues more salient than color cues in cotton-top tamarins (saguinus oedipus) reversal learning. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122, 441-444. doi: 10.1037/0735-7036.122.4.441

Websites - professional or personal sites
The World Famous Hot Dog Site. (1999, July 7). Retrieved January 5, 2008, from http://www.xroads.com/~tcs/hotdog/hotdog.html

Websites - online government publications
U.S. Department of Justice. (2006, September 10). Trends in violent victimization by age, 1973-2005. Retrieved from http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/vage.htm

Emails (cited in-text only)
According to preservationist J. Mohlhenrich (personal communication, January 5, 2008).

Mailing Lists (listserv)
Stein, C.(2006, January 5). Chessie rescue - Annapolis, MD [Message posted to Chessie-L electronic mailing list]. Retrieved from http://[email protected]

Radio and TV episodes - from library databases
DeFord, F. (Writer). (2007, August 8). Beyond Vick: Animal cruelty for sport [Television series episode]. In NPR (Producer), Morning Edition. Retrieved from Academic OneFile database.

Radio and TV episodes - from website
Sepic, M. (Writer). (2008). Federal prosecutors eye MySpace bullying case [Television series episode]. In NPR (Producer), All Things Considered. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/

Film Clips from website
Kaufman, J.C. (Producer), Lacy, L. (Director), & Hawkey, P. (Writer). (1979). Mean Joe Greene [video file]. Retrieved from http://memory.loc.gov/mbrs/ccmp/meanjoe_01g.ram

Greene, C. (Producer), del Toro, G.(Director). (2015). Crimson peak [Motion picture]. United States: Legendary Pictures.

Photograph (from book, magazine or webpage)
Close, C. (2002). Ronald. [photograph]. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Retrieved from http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=108890

Artwork - from library database
Clark, L. (c.a. 1960's). Man with Baby. [photograph]. George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. Retrieved from ARTstor

Artwork - from website
Close, C. (2002). Ronald. [photograph]. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Retrieved from http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?

09-05-17, 09:15
If you don't use citation in your research, you will be accused of plagiarism!

09-05-17, 21:56
You must always use citations. Of course, you cannot cite all potential work done in a topic. It is impossible. However, you have to spend a good time reading the literature. When I say reading, I do not mean to just look at the Wiki. You have to read papers and try to understand them. Such is the way of the academics.

24-09-18, 09:42
Yes of course! Without providing authentic citations, your work won't be accepted as a research. It may be treated as your opinion but not as a research.

30-07-19, 14:32
Yes, you can use a quote asball, just leave the mark from where you got it. In dissertation it is an absolutely normal practice. If we talk about sources and literature on the topic, then I would advise you to listen to your supervisor and write a literature review. I was faced with the compilation of the literature review when I was in college. This is a difficult kind of work, since you need to look at and study the maximum possible number of sources and literature on the topic. I would advise you to seek professional help and buy a literature review (https://uk.edusson.com/buy-literature-review). This will save your time very much and you will be better guided in the source base, it is better to understand what literature you should work with.

07-08-19, 16:02
Thank you for sharing
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30-10-20, 13:10
Citation very clearly emphasizes the quality of your research, because when you cite specific sources of information, you confirm the information, and your research becomes sound and professional. The main thing is to use citations correctly in your research, because if you do it not well, it will only ruin your work. That is why I recommend you to use the services of the service https://papersowl.com/buy-apa-research-paper, because they can buy APA research paper at a good price and high quality. You will not regret it, I recommend them from my own experience.