I take the BMW (bus, metro, walk) to work each morning and, on the way, I read the newspaper back to front, i.e., I start with the comics’ page. My favorite comic strip is Zits, which is about the daily adventures of a teenager named Jeremy Duncan. Last week, there was an amusing episode involving a bibliography. Read the episode here.
This reminded me of a question that I am frequently asked by students. When should I cite a source in my paper?
You would cite a source when the idea is not yours, i.e., when you obtained the information from elsewhere. The source could be a book, journal article, website, etc. Whether you quote the source or paraphrase it, you need to cite it within the text of your paper and include the reference in your bibliography. The only cases in which you would not cite a source are when the idea is yours or when you state a common fact, such as “the earth is round” or “Stephen Harper is the prime minister of Canada.”