Answered By: Amy Filiatreau Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016 Views: 19
It depends. Are the two words something that someone else said? Are they crucial to your paper, and distinctive enough to merit a citation? For example - let's say you are looking at a study that investigated texting while driving, and the results of the study shows that texting while driving is "extremely dangerous" - if THOSE are the two words you want to use in your paper, then yes, I would cite that fully. In a case like that, you are directly quoting someone else, the words are important and distinctive, and they reveal something that is probably significant to your paper. Plus, someone reading your paper would want to know where you got that information, so you do need to cite.
If you are talking about something general, and not directly quoting someone else, I would not necessarily cite those two words.