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Why do we cite our sources?

It's important to cite sources for several reasons:

  • To show the reader you've done proper research by listing the sources you used to get your information
  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging other ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way in text citations or a bibliography list

Citation help

Visit our citation page for help with MLA, APA, Chicago, and more. 

  • citing sources
  • integrating sources into your paper
  • MLA format

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