5.3 Identifying guidelines for selecting in-text or parenthetical citations
There are actually not a lot of hard-and-fast rules about selecting in-text or parenthetical citations. There are, however, some general guidelines that can help you avoid unintentional plagiarism AND present your ideas with a little more sophistication. The best strategy for learning to decide which to use is to read lots of scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and pay attention to how experienced writers in your field document their sources. (Literary scholars don't always make the same decisions that cognitive psychologists would make.)
This lesson introduces a few ideas to think about when you are reading and writing in a particular academic discourse community.