I have 2 questions on the matter. Firstly is it ok for me to quote from textbooks or scientific books and if so how do i do it properly (how to give credit the proper way) ? And my second question is more of a request. I know it is ok to use wikipedia but can anyone recommend other decent information related websites i can use as a reference for my articles? Any help for this newbie is greatly appreciated.
Here's a forum post about citing references:
I wrote an article explaining about how to judge sources: http://hubpages.com/hub/Evaluating-Your … nformation
It's an Editor's Choice hub if that means anything to you.
I all but always write articles that require references. I used to do it according to MLA requirements as I did in my research papers at university, but I've relaxed a little. The important thing is to give proper credit to the person you're sourcing. There are lots of ways to do that. In the text itself or as part of a list of references at the end of your article. If you read pretty much any of my articles there will be credits given in them and you can see how I did it.
Mainly you need to give credit where it's due and write so that ordinary people can understand what you're writing about -- about a 5th grade level. If you write it literally like a research paper a lot of people will not want to read it. Not many nerds come to these pages. Not enough to make an article successful anyway. So don't get too technical.
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