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Citing Your Sources

image of police officer writing a citation ​     Citing your sources

Writing a research paper involves finding and using information found in books, journals, and websites.  Where you find your information must be recorded in your paper. The recording of where you found your information is called citing your sources.  

  • Why do you cite?
    • ​You cite to give credit to the intellectual work of others
    • You cite to distinguish between what you thought up and what someone else did
    • You cite to allow your reader to find more information on your topic (Chaining)
    • You cite to provide support for the conclusions that you have drawn in your paper
    • You cite so that you don't plagiarize


Why Document Sources?

Documenting sources is an aspect of writing common to all academic fields.  Authors use standard techniques to refer to the works that influenced or otherwise contributed to their research


Authors need to have a standard way to refer to one another's work

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