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Why do I cite?

You cite in order to:

  • Make your arguments more credible.
  • Show that you've done your research and know your topic.
  • Build a foundation for your paper.
  • Give credit to others who researched before you.
  • Allow readers to find the original sources for themselves.

When do I cite?

You must use citations when:

  • You use a direct quote from a resource.
  • You paraphrase a sentence or paragraph from a source.
  • You use an idea from a source that is not common knowledge.

When in doubt, cite it!



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Citation Manuals

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
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The Chicago Manual of Style
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