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BA 3300 - Business Writing

This guide contains resources to support the improvement of writing skills for Business related courses. It was created specifically to support students taking BA3300 / Business Cornerstone.

In-Text Citation Examples

One author in text Marcuse made this claim (148-49).
One author in reference "This claim initiated the new research" (Marcuse 148-49)
Two or three authors in text

Hunt and Wilkins dispute this point (45-47).

Hunt, Mao, and Wilkins dispute this point (45-47).

Two or three authors in reference

This point is disputed (Hunt and Wilkins 45-47). 

This point is disputed (Hunt, Mao, and Wilkins 45-47). 

Four or more authors in text Baxter and her co-authors...this proposal (203-05).
Four or more authors in reference ...made this proposal (Baxter, et al. 203-05).
Multivolume work in text In volume 2, Williams notes...(30-34). 
Multivolume work in reference

(Williams, 30-34; vol. 2). 

(Schlesigner, vol. 4). 

Work with no author

(Primary Colors 56). 

("A New Strategy for Fighting AIDS" A22). 

Work by a corporate author (National Research Council 15). 
Two works by the same author

(Hawthorne, The Scarlett Letter 15-20). 

(Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance 40-42). 

Citing Sources

When you use a quote, idea, or information from a source in your paper, you must cite the source in your Works Cited list. This is important not only to give credit to the original source (and avoid plagiarism!), but also to ensure that anyone reading your paper can go back to the source and locate exactly where that quote or idea came from.


For example:

Coca-Cola was originally invented by an American pharmacist to be used as a stimulating tonic (Standage 5).

The in-text citations in parentheses point readers to this reference in the Works Cited list:

Standage, Tom. A History of the World in 6 Glasses. Walker and Company, 2005.


In the above example, a reader can see that the information in the first sentence can be found on page 5 of Standage. When they look in the References for "Standage" they see the citation that lists the book in which you found the information. Now the reader can find that book, go to page 5, and see the information for themselves.