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Source Citation

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by jmcs23, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. jmcs23

    jmcs23 Regular Member

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    Hello,

    I've had a few articles rejected by AC because they say I'm not citing my sources.

    I'm just manually spinning and most of the articles I use for the spinning don't have the sources listed.

    So how do you guys cite your sources?
    Or do you have a way of writing that can make it so you can avoid citing sources all together?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Wyndfx

    Wyndfx Newbie

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    I've gotten a few of those myself lately and I don't have a clue either. I'm beginning to think that a few of the editors are just pissy.
     
  3. lisa2276

    lisa2276 Newbie

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    The only way to get around citing sources is to say the information comes from personal experience. For example, if you write an article on raising rabbits you can use personal experience in place of sources. If you are spinning articles you would need to know where the information originally came from. There is a program called Instant Article Wizard that helps with article writing by referencing keywords and it includes the url to where the sentence was taken from. It is not a free program but it would probably help you a lot for finding sources.
     
  4. Wyndfx

    Wyndfx Newbie

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    Thanks for that. I'm planning on looking into it a bit later.
     
  5. racyc

    racyc Newbie

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    Seems pretty demanding for a measly few bucks article :confused:
    Found this on the AC site:

    Citing sources is an important step in the process of creating authoritative and trusted content with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Correct citations show that you're providing your readers with more than just your own opinion. However, improper citations or citing sources that are not trusted can hurt your content and lead to declines from Yahoo! Contributor Network editors.

    When to Cite
    In general, you must cite sources on all content that is not based 100% on your research or experiences. If your content is based entirely on your experiences, this should be made clear in the body of the content itself.

    What to Cite
    Citations are a way of showing readers that your article contains accurate information and/or opinions that are supported by respected and notable people or organizations. Therefore, your sources should be authoritative in their own right. Leading organizations or researchers in a field of study are an excellent choice. Major news organizations, like CNN or the Associated Press, should be cited if possible in News content.

    Blogs and other personal websites should be cited only if you directly quote, discuss or otherwise reference information contained therein; avoid citing bloggers as the source of important facts.

    Search engines may not be used as sources. If you used a search engine to research your article, reference the pages you found, not the search engine that found them.

    Where to Cite
    When writing for the Yahoo! Contributor Network you have two options for citing your sources.

    Using the "Supporting Links" field in your article template is one option. This only allows you to cite three sources; however, three is an optimal number of sources for most pieces.

    You can also simply paste citations into the very bottom of your article, using the word "Sources" as a heading.

    How to Cite
    Either provide a full URL or use the hyperlinking tool to link to your source. If you use hyperlinks, please link only the first reference to that source. Repeatedly linking to the same source isn't necessary and may hurt your article.
     
  6. Wyndfx

    Wyndfx Newbie

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    It's extreme, but they do want to be an authority for content so it's understandable.