Citation in formal writing.

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    Feb 17, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    I have a quick question... Is it improper to cite oneself in a formal paper if one is a valid authority on the necessary information?
  • Iluros

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    Feb 17, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Citing yourself is sort of redundant; if you're quoting your own work that there's no reason to give credit to it.
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    Feb 17, 2010 1:41 AM GMT
    This is true, and the peopole reading it are already aware of where a large portion of the information is coming from.
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    Feb 17, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    If it is a previously published work, yes. Especially if it involves a slightly different study/subject.

    If not (e.g. personal experience), then no. Remember even if you already know it as a given, you are convincing others, not yourself. It has to be objective. You need corroboration at least or you can incorporate it in your methodology/experimentation/whatever.
  • mcwclewis

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    Feb 17, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    According to MLA format you are supposed to cite a work previously published by you.


    If it's an academic paper, it's up to the professor whether or not they want you to do it
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    Feb 17, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    Bowie saidI have a quick question... Is it improper to cite oneself in a formal paper if one is a valid authority on the necessary information?



    I'm issuing you a citation for being so handsome. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 17, 2010 3:53 AM GMT
    If you have previously published on the same topic, you are expected to very briefly summarize the previous publications, with appropriate citations, then clearly state how the present work is different from the other, and therefore worthy of the reader's attention.

    If you are asserting new facts, from personal experience, then you should describe the observations and/or experimentation that lead you to these conclusions, so that the reader can follow the evidence and the logic.

    If the facts are not new, but you are an unpublished expert, you should have no trouble finding publications to back up the assertions.
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    Feb 17, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    Bowie saidI have a quick question... Is it improper to cite oneself in a formal paper if one is a valid authority on the necessary information?


    yes if ur referring to something the reader will not get from the paper before them....and only if the work was previously published