Each discipline has its own conventions for writing. Knowing what other academics in your field consider standard will help you write to your audience.
Research papers are about more than just your sources! Your professor wants to know what you're thinking and how you understand the subject. When writing, you should strive to add value to your research by making connections, evaluating, and analyzing, a process called synthesis.
Different types of papers require different strategies. Try to identify what kind of writing your assignment calls for.
Acknowledge Your Sources in 3 Easy Steps:
1. If you use another author's words verbatim, even just a few, put it in quotation marks.
2. Any time you make use of an outside source, whether by quote, paraphrase, or summary, acknowledge it with an in-text citation or footnote.
3. List the full information for any sources used as a citation in your bibliography.