There are many reasons why it is important to cite the sources you use in your research - for this class, and every paper you write. Here are just a few:
How do you cite properly?
The best way to find out about citing sources and building a bibliography is to follow examples in an appropriate style manual. Ask the Communication Requirement Staff which style to use for this course.
You can also use citation management software to help you organize and cite your references.
Some tips using ASME guidelines:
A citation to an article should include:
 Ning, X., and Lovell, M. R., 2002, “On the Sliding Friction Characteristics of Unidirectional Continuous FRP Composites,” ASME J. Tribol., 124(1), pp. 5-13. Found in Compendex.
 Barnes, M., 2001, “Stresses in Solenoids,” J. Appl. Phys., 48(5), pp. 2000–2008. Found in Inspec.
A citation to a press release or newswire report should include:
Fonte, Diwata. "Diamond Walnut Growers to Go Public Friday as Diamond Foods, Inc." Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News, (2 July 2005). Found in LexisNexis.
A citation to a book should include:
Ulrich, K.T. and Eppinger, S.D., 2000, Product design and development, Irwin/McGraw-Hill, Boston MA.
A citation to a book chapter should include:
Jones, J., 2000, Contact Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, Chap. 6.
Cite a database as follows:
Unified Database (Bioinformatics Unit and Genome Center, Weizmann Institute of Science), http://bioinformatics.weizmann.ac.il/udb/ (for mapping data on candidate genes; accessed July 29, 2009).
A citation to a website should provide:
Note: If URL is exceptionally long, provide the base URL and provide the browse/search path used.
Omega Engineering, Inc., Positioning Strain Gages to Monitor Bending, Axial, Shear, and Torsional Loads, http://www.omega.com/faq/pressure/pdf/positioning.pdf (Accessed 8/22/2012)
A citation to a patent should include:
Colledge, A. L., and Johnson, H. I., 1989, “Portable Multi-Purpose Exercise Device,” U.S. Patent No. 4,856,775.
A citation to a standard should include:
ASTM Standard F86-13. Standard practice for surface preparation and marking of metallic surgical implants. 2013.