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1 Attribution A few random notes

2 The word said is your friend

3 Keep attribution in the past tense

4 The word said is your friend Keep attribution in the past tense Said and added are the only two forms of attribution you’ll usually need

5 The word said is your friend Keep attribution in the past tense Said and added are the only two forms of attribution you’ll usually need Synonyms for said are loaded and take us away from the objective voice

6 Examples “Students who live on Mission Hill are drunken louts,” he pointed out.

7 Examples “Students who live on Mission Hill are drunken louts,” he pointed out. “Students who live on Mission Hill are drunken louts,” he said.

8 Placing your attribution Jim Smith, a sophomore communications major, is going home for Thanksgiving break, “I want to see my dog, my cat and my sister again, I won’t have seen them since Labor Day.”

9 Placing your attribution Jim Smith, a sophomore communications major, is going home for Thanksgiving break. “I want to see my dog, my cat and my sister again,” he said. “I won’t have seen them since Labor Day.”

10 Identifying your sources With students, use first and last name, major, year and information that provides context, if necessary

11 Identifying your sources Pamela Martin, a middler English major, said she hopes to transfer to a college with a stronger focus on pre- Renaissance Italian poetry.

12 Identifying your sources “J.D. Drew is the most worthless, passive player I’ve ever seen in a Red Sox uniform,” said criminal-justice major Ken Swoboda, a junior who’s been a Sox fan as far back as he can remember.

13 Identifying your sources With other university sources, tell us what they do

14 Identifying your sources With other university sources, tell us what they do With non-university sources, be as specific as possible — John Jones, a 47-year-old meatpacker from Somerville

15 The cloak of anonymity You may not quote someone by first name (or no name) unless you know the person’s full name

16 The cloak of anonymity You may not quote someone by first name (or no name) unless you know the person’s full name Your editor is entitled to know that person’s name

17 The cloak of anonymity You may not quote someone by first name (or no name) unless you know the person’s full name Your editor is entitled to know that person’s name Anonymity is rarely granted unless the source would be putting herself at risk


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