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It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
- To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
- To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
- To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
- To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your references, works cited, or bibliography page
You must cite:
- Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge including paraphrases, summaries, and direct quotations.
- Ideas, words, theories, or exact language that another person used in other publications or interviews.
- Publications that must be cited include books, book chapters, articles, web pages, films, reports, etc.
When in doubt, be safe and cite your source!
Citations have two components: in-text references & a Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page. This guide will help you create both types of citations for MLA 8 & APA.
Here's a link to a quick guide with many common types of sources in Chicago, MLA, and APA.
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