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Citing the works of authors that you use to form your own research is a critical part of the writing and research process. Citation provides evidence to back up our own ideas and statement. It demonstrates where our work fits into the greater body of knowledge. And it gives proper credit where credit is due.
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When you create work for public consumption, whether it's a website, a journal article, a report or other type of publication, it is important to let your readers know when ideas, images, or phrases came from other sources.
In general, you should cite sources when you:
If you have any doubt about whether you should cite something, it's best to err on the side of caution and cite it. The only exception may be when something is common knowledge. Common knowledge includes folklore, common sense, and dates or well-known information about historical events. When in doubt, cite!
Remember, citing sources is good! It demonstrates your knowledge of the literature and shows that you are building on existing research with new ideas and contributions.
Citing a source requires two steps.
Avoiding accidental plagiarism by properly paraphrasing, quoting and citing other resources is a critical skill for anyone producing content for the web. The following set of slides provides examples of incorrect and correct methods of using other sources. Press the Play button on the slide deck below and then advance the slides using the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard.