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When you use other people's work for a report, essay, or other project, it's important to give them credit and tell the reader where you got your information.

Giving credit to your sources demonstrates that you are a responsible author because you: Respect others for their ideas or words, Do legitimate research and use accurate information, And allow your reader to track down and consult the sources you used.

To give credit to a source, include a citation.

A citation is a reference to the source of your information.

It allows readers to fact-check or find out more about the information you used.

There are different styles of citations, but they all contain the same basic information— who the author and publisher are, when the piece of content was written, and what its title is.

In this extension, you will insert a footnote in an article to cite a source.

A footnote is a clarifying piece of information located at the bottom of a document.

To add a citation in a footnote, you will: Select an item of information in an article that does not have a citation, Search online to find a credible source for the information, And insert a footnote to cite your source.

To begin, open your document from the main lesson.

The example article does not have any citations, so it’s impossible to know where the information came from -- or if it’s even true and accurate.

To investigate further, find a piece of information in the article that you can verify by searching online for supporting evidence.

Search online to find a source.

If you can find one, confirm that the source is credible.

You can use the five W questions to help you evaluate the credibility of your source.

If you cannot find a source, it’s possible that the piece of information is not credible.

Choose something different from the article, and look for a credible source online.

Once you find a source, insert a footnote in your article.

Include who wrote the article, what the title is, when you accessed the article, and where you found it online.

Good job!

Now, if your reader wants to see the source of the information, or consult it to do their own research, your footnote tells them how to find it.

Now, it’s your turn: Choose a piece of information in your article from the main lesson, Find a credible source to support the information, And insert a footnote.

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Insert a Footnote to Cite a Source

Search online for a credible source and insert a footnote in an article to cite the source.

Design a Credibility Poster

Create a poster in Google Drawings to teach others how to evaluate the credibility of online content by asking key questions.

Create a Credible Public Service Announcement

Write a credible Public Service Announcement.

Verify Credibility with Additional Sources

Search online for three sources to verify the credibility of information in an article.

Stay Informed About Current Events

Search for credible news articles and learn about current events.


Choose an extension to continue using key questions to evaluate the credibility of a source.