What you learn from your sources should be in your paper or presentation. Asking yourself these questions as you read is a technique that can help you focus:
Understanding your assignment is key. Pay attention to specific requirements from your instructor like how many sources you need or if they have to be peer reviewed.
Having the assignment with you when you search can help ensure that the sources you find will work for the assignment. Circle, highlight or underline important requirements.
Your instructor is the best person to ask--be sure to get started on your assignment in time to be able to ask any questions you have.
The articles you gather will give you the facts and information you need to explain the topic to your reader.
If you use information from a source that you did not know before, you should cite it to give credit to the author regardless of whether you are using a quote or paraphrasing the information.
See our APA and MLA citation guides using the links below for how to cite.