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Public Policy

A research guide for CSUDH students in Public Policy Administration.

When and How to Quote

Academic study begins by examining the work of scholars that have come before us. While it is essential that your work is written in your own words, it is equally important that proper credit is given to the authors we have studied and learned from.  We do this by citing our sources, and quoting or paraphrasing the original writers when appropriate.

A citation credits the source of your information.  Cite the sources of your information according to the rules of your professor's preferred style guide (MLA, APA, etc.).  Even if your work is wholly written in your own voice, you need to cite the source of your information to give credit to the original scholars and to show the thoroughness of your research.  When another author's words or ideas are presented in your work, they need to be quoted or paraphrased. 


  • Paraphrase
    • "In The Road to Wiggan Pier George Orwell argues that the eccentricities of the types of individuals who identify as socialists make a poor case for an otherwise sound ideology"  
  • Quotation
    • "'As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.'" (George Orwell, The Road to Wiggan Pier, Chapter 11).

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