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Proper Referencing in IBO/QEP Essays and Lab Reports. What do you need to reference?. Your job is to conduct research in order to form an argument for or against the use of plastics in our society.

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what do you need to reference
What do you need to reference?
  • Your job is to conduct research in order to form an argument for or against the use of plastics in our society.
  • You want to collect evidence to support your argument and this evidence is what needs to be cited.
  • If you can show that others in the world agree with your point of view, then you are strengthening your argument.
common knowledge
Common Knowledge
  • Such knowledge does not need to be referenced.
  • For example:
    • Plastics are widely used across the world for a variety of reasons.
  • If the statement read:
    • Canada’s plastics industry is one that is worth $17.6 Billion dollars. (Canadian Plastics Industry Association, 2013)  Reference!
in text citations and bibliographies
In text citations and Bibliographies
  • In text citations are when you reference the source in the body of your essay.
    • Ex: Canada’s plastics industry is one that is worth $17.6 Billion dollars (Canadian Plastics Industry Association, 2013). Thus, the plastics industry is clearly of economic importance to this country.
  • A bibliography is a list of references provided at the end of your paper.
apa vs mla
APA vs. MLA
  • Scientific papers usually include APA citations.
  • You may choose the style of referencing that you prefer as long as you remain consistent throughout your paper.
  • Visit easybib.com or bibme.org to help you reference properly.
images
Images
  • You should include diagrams and images to strengthen your arguments.
  • These should be provided in an appendix.
  • For images and diagrams from the internet, provide a URL after the image.
example
Example

Figure 1: End Use markets for plastics produced in Canada.

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/plastics-plastiques.nsf/eng/pl01383.html

Note: The images selected must relate to the content of your essay. Therefore in your essay you would direct the reader to figure 1 in the appendix, and you would explain why this diagram is relevant.

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