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Basic Rules

Basic Citation Guidelines:

  • Citations are comprised of two main concepts:

                  1. In-text references are located in the text of the paper using paranthesis

                              Ex. (Brown, 2012)

                   2. A full list of references are located at the end of the paper

Other Basic Guidelines:

  • Double space everything, including your reference list
  • Use 1-inch margins
  • Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • Use two spaces after a period
  • Number all pages, starting with the title page

Order of Paper

1.  Title page
2.  Abstract
3.  Text
4.  References
5.  Footnotes
6.  Tables
7.  Figures
8.  Appendices
*Note: you might not have all of these sections in your particular paper*

Citing References in Text - Authors

Citing References in Text - Paraphrasing & Quotations

Direct Quotes must contain author, year, and page number

            Some management theorists suggested, “that successful corporations must primarily produce brands, as opposed to products” (Klein, 2000, p. 3).

                         OR

            Klein (2000) noted that some management theorists suggest, “that successful corporations must primarily produce brands, as opposed to products”    (p. 3).

 

Paraphrasing must use the author and year

            It is suggested that management theories, developed in the mid-1980s, put forth the idea that branding is as important to corporate success as the actual product that is produced (Klein, 2000).

                    OR

            Klein (2000) suggested that management theories, developed in the mid-1980s, put forth the idea that branding is as important to corporate success as the actual product that is produced