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Citing Sources

Cite Your Sources - It's What You Do

Why is it important?

  • Shows you did proper research by listing your sources

  • Gives credit to other researchers and acknowledges their ideas

  • Avoids plagiarism by quoting words and ideas from others

  • Allows the reader to find your sources through accurate footnotes, work cited entries, or a reference list

What should you cite?

  • Facts, figures, or ideas that are not common knowledge

  • Another person’s exact words

  • Ideas or theories from another person, even if it is in your own words

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