RE: Using References in your work

Subject: RE: Using References in your work
From: "Secara, Maggie" <Maggie -dot- Secara -at- indymacbank -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 08:35:30 -0800

Using references how? What kind of references do you think you should/could
be using in a learning guide? You probably want to include a "For more
information" or "Recommended reading" list, and that's great, but you're
writing a guide, not a paper with footnotes, right?

New writer or old, your writing should be your own. It sounds like what you
should be doing is reading all the material, then putting it aside while you
write up your guide. Check with your sources as you go, but don't copy from
them, and don't copy from anyone else either--even with a citation. That's
not reinventing the wheel. That's writing with some imagination and

Trust yourself. In this business, self-confidence is a cardinal virtue. <g>
Of course, I may have misunderstood your question.

Maggie Secara

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sue [mailto:skirk -at- iprimus -dot- com -dot- au]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 25, 2001 11:27 PM
> Subject: Using References in your work
> Is it acceptable to use references in your work? and how much is
> acceptable? As a new writer I cant help feeling that I should be
> writing every word myself, however, I am a firm believer in NOT
> reinventing the wheel, and where there is credible and intelligent
> writings from others, naturally I like to use it, saves me
> time and yes
> thanks to you lot I managed to snag my first writing contract!!
> (learning guides for course curriculum)

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