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09/08/2019

Have I cited authorities on my topic?

QUESTION
Have I cited authorities on my topic?
This is a question I need to answer for a self writing evaluation, but I am not sure what it means, as it is in regards to my final essay. Please help!! It’s due tonight!!

ANSWER
Okay all that means is did you get your information from a reliable source? And did you give that person credit?

Here’s an example of a sentence that does NOT cite authorities on a topic.

Comics use panel-to-panel closure to create a sense of time.

Here’s the same sentence but one that DOES cite authorities.

In _Understanding Comics_, Scott McCloud explains that comics use panel-to-panel closure in order to create a sense of time (34).

The (34) gives the page number. I would have that book in a works cited list at the end of the essay.

If you’re writing a persuasive essay, it should be okay to write something like “According to the Department of Natural Resources, over ### gallons of water are used by the average American in one day.” (no need to make a works cited list or bibliography. ask your teacher about that though!) But it wouldn’t be okay to just say “The average Amerian uses over ### gallons of water in one day.” because we don’t know where you got the info.

Hope that helps!