Nontraditional Sources: Citing Yourself
Last updated 5/6/2020
Visual: Screen opens to a background image with a person typing on a laptop and a notebook and pencil, along with the Walden University Writing Center logo. The title Walden University Writing Center and tagline “Your writing, grammar, and APA experts” appears on the screen. The screen changes to show the series title “Nontraditional Sources” and the video title “Citing Multiple Works in a Citation.”
Audio: Guitar music
Visual: Slide changes to show the title “Citing Yourself” and the following text:
Wentworth, H. (2020). Writing center pedagogy [Unpublished manuscript]. College of Education, Walden University.
- Used in the rare instances students have permission from their faculty to use portions of past writing in a current assignment.
Audio: There are rare occasions where Walden students might have the need to cite their previous work. These are rare situations that don’t happen often, but in some cases, students receive permission from their faculty to use ideas or portions of their assignments from a previous course in their current course. Note here that you need to talk to your faculty about whether citing yourself is appropriate before doing so. Let’s say that you did receive that permission, and so in this situation, you need to cite your past writing as an unpublished manuscript.
To do so, you’ll list yourself as the author and include the year your past assignment was written. You’ll then follow with the assignment’s title, in sentence case and using italics, followed by the descriptor “unpublished manuscript” in brackets. You’ll then end the entry with the publication element, which in this case includes your college and Walden University.
Visual: The following citation is added to the slide: (Wentworth, 2020)
Audio: Then, to cite yourself in the current paper you’re writing, you’ll include your last name and the year, like any other citation. And that’s it—now you know how to cite yourself in those rare situations where you have faculty approval to use your past writing in a current assignment.
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