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While most of your paper should consist of your own thoughts and ideas, it is important to include the research and ideas of others and give them credit for their work. When you do this, you are citing sources. Citing sources helps you because it:
Demonstrates you have done the necessary research to learn as much as possible about your topic,
Provides evidence for your arguments,
Makes your work more credible because you have considered a variety of resources,
Helps you avoid plagiarism, and
Allows you (and your audience) to locate the source when conducting further research.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): OWL resources will help you learn how to use MLA, APA and Chicago format styles. The writing lab includes resources on in-text citation and the Works Cited page, as well as sample papers.