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Citing Sources

What is the point of citing sources?

Citing sources:

  • Shows the research you've done.
  • Strengthens the ideas you present. 
  • Adds your ideas to the "conversation" about your topic.
  • Allows readers to follow up on your work through its original sources.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism can take many forms, such as using someone else's term paper, copying passages from books or websites without citations, using someone else's words without credit or paraphrasing someone else's work without citing them. You can avoid plagiarism by using your own ideas, using the ideas of others only to support your own arguments, using quotation marks when directly stating another's words, and remembering to write a complete citation for each source while you take notes.