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Can I use the same book for two different sources for two different people?I was asked...

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booksrawhsuhm | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM via web

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Can I use the same book for two different sources for two different people?

I was asked to find 5 sources each on Sir Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar (5 sources for SSR, 5 sources for WF). I want to use different pages from A History of Modern Singapore, let's say Page 62 for my Raffles research and Page 64 for Farquhar research.

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dna4ya | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2012 at 1:28 PM (Answer #1)

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Ultimately I would say that would be up to your teacher. However, technically it is the same source. But if the teacher needs 5 sources for one, and 5 for the other then you are doing just that. I still would ask the teacher their thoughts because it can be argued both ways and they are the ones in the end giving you your grade. If you don't want to do that, my best suggestion (to cover your bases) would be to find another source. If you are doubting it, it isn't worth risking the points off.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM (Answer #2)

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I teach the research process. I teach my students that they are to have ten sources listed on their works cited page. From those ten sources, they may refer to one source three or four times. In my opinion, one source is just that--one source. Even if you refer to that source three or four times, it still is only one source.

I would advise you to treat your one source as just one source. Make sure you have all the sources that your teacher requires for your paper.  

A History of Modern Singapore is only one source. Even if you refer to page 62 and 64, it is still only one source. However, if you refer to page 62 and 64, you have two references from the one source. I hope this makes it clear.

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booksrawhsuhm | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM (Answer #3)

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The thing is, I'm on holiday so I can't ask my teacher...and the two pages have really important information on it.

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