Why is it important that we do research and support our thesis? I like the way a fellow librarian expressed it:
A research paper attempts to give objective analysis of information. Certainly, the position you take in your thesis statement should be yours, but you want to persuade the reader that your argument is based on sound, logical reasoning, not personal feelings, convictions or biases. This is why you will cite scholars, both those who support your position and those who do not. In the case of those who do not, you will point out why their arguments are flawed. Try, therefore, to avoid subjective and second person pronouns such as I, me, my, we, us, ours, you, yours, and emotive verbs such as feel. Avoid making empty comments such as, “In my opinion.” It is assumed that the statements you write reflect your opinion. (Sandy Dow, BBNS Research Style Guide)
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Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
Book with one author:
Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!. New York: Vintage Books, 1990.
Books with an author and editor
Tylor, Edward B. Researches into the Early Development of Mankind and the Development of Civilization, Edited by Paul Bohannan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964.
Journals and Magazines
MacDonald, Susan Peck. “The Erasure of Language.” College Composition and Communication 58, no. 4 (2007): 585-625.
Bent, Henry E. "Professionalization of the Ph.D. Degree.” College Composition and Communication 58, no. 4 (2007): 0-145. Accessed December 5, 2008. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1978286.
Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Web Page.” Publishing Organization or Name of Website in Italics. Publication date and/or access date if available. URL.