4.1 Introduction to Citing

Learning Outcomes

After completing this chapter you will be able to:

  • State why citing your sources is important
  • Paraphrase correct
  • Use common citation styles
  • Avoid plagiarism
Why do we cite?

It’s important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:

  • To back up your claims – show you’ve done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
  • To give credit – be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism – do not claim the words and ideas of other authors
  • To share your sources –  allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper

Citation Needed


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