Use the related tabs to assist you with all things related to citations: why we cite, MLA, APA, CSE, Chicago, and also a note on plagiarism.
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Why Do I Need To Cite?
Any time you use information you learned from another source, you need to cite it in your paper. Citing allows others to be able to consult the original source of information and verify it for accuracy and reliability. Citing sources also makes your argument stronger. Demonstrating that you have included information from a source that has some authority in its field gives additional weight to the conclusions you draw from those sources. Failure to properly attribute sources can result in plagiarism, which has serious consequences for your academic career.
How Do I Cite?
Put simply, citation is properly attributing where a particular piece of information came from. There are different standards of citations, such as MLA and APA, and you should check with your instructor to see which style they prefer. However, citations will typically include the following information:
Though this may change slightly depending on the work and whether it is a print or online source, generally these are the main points that are included in a citation. For more information on how to format a citation properly, both in-text and in a works cited page or bibliography, visit Owl Purdue or click on one of the tabs above.
How to avoid plagiarism:
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