Any time you are writing articles and you use sources either from books or online, you need to reference any direct quotes that were used. Now, this does not mean that you need to have a full bibliography or works sited page, but you need to link the quote to any internet page and reference the book and page number where the quote came from. There may not be many instances when you use quotes, but learning to do this properly can save a great deal of headache in the long run.
Why You Need to Reference or Link a Quote
Anytime you use someone else's words as a part of your article, you must let everyone know that these are not your words. Plagiarism is more than frowned upon by those in the writing community and you could even face a lawsuit if you do not reference any quotes or if you use others words as your own. There are so many websites that are dedicated to checking articles for plagiarism that it is not worth it to attempt to use others works as your own. If you are found to be in the practice of stealing others writings, you will find that you lose clients very quickly and you will never make money as a content or article writer again.
How to insert a Reference or Internet Link
Referencing your quote is not difficult to do and only takes a few mouse clicks to complete so there is no excuse why they are not added more frequently. First, if you are quoting out of a book, you need the name the title, author's name, copy write date and page number the quote was taken from then add in the quote. If you are referring a website, it is even easier to add in the website by simply highlighting the name of the website, clicking on the insert link button and copying and pasting the link from the website. After it has been put in the hyperlink tab, click OK and you're done.
Save yourself from worry or accusations of plagiarism by making sure to reference and quote exact dialog from a book or website. This keeps you in business with money still coming in. If you choose not to do this, you may find that you lose clients and your writing business will go bust!
Source by Lisa A Mason