Integrating Sources in Writing

Deciding When a Citation is Needed

Sometimes it can be hard to decide when you should add an in-text citation to your work. When you are providing your own interpretation, analysis, or opinion on a concept introduced in a resource, you should cite. 

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Read the passage below. Then answer the questions that follow to help you learn about when a citation is needed.

If the 1980s Final Girls actively invaded the monster's private world of Crystal Lake, dreams, and so forth, taking on the responsibility of their entire generation's future, in the 1990s it is the villains who stage their own planned final showdowns, and the heroines stumble into their random violence, the essentialized female victim that is the stereotypical critical image of the genre. What this suggests is that the individual (the female) is not strong enough to fight or face her own repressed impulses: Agency is reduced from resisting and challenging authority to depending on it for rescue. Authority is revealed as right and good after all, a last line of defense against sick monsters. (Trencansky 72)

Trencansky, Sarah. "Final Girls and Terrible Youth: Transgression in 1980s Slasher Horror." Journal of Popular Film & Television, vol. 29, no. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 63-73. EBSCOhost,

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