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Why and When to Cite
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.
When to Cite:
In-text citations are required for any sentence that contains referenced material. The reference can be as a direct quote, paraphrase, summary, or statistical information.
What Does Not Need to be Cited?
Original thoughts and common knowledge.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.)
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