The purpose of this guide is to introduce students to the most common citation styles used in academic research. In addition to the links provided to comprehensive and quick start guides for the more common citation styles, this guide provides information on where to find physical copies of the citation manuals in the library. Most citation manuals are available at the reference desk on the second floor of the Elihu Burritt Library. Additionally, this guide introduces students to various citation managers, especially the library-supported citation manager, RefWorks.
Citing the sources you use when writing any paper is important for the following reasons:
Failing to properly cite your sources is called plagiarism. Not only does engaging in plagiarism tarnish your academic and personal integrity, it is also considered an act of academic misconduct, which can result in serious disciplinary actions, sometimes expulsion.
All kinds of things!
...essentially, anything you did not create yourself, that is not your own original thought, should be cited.
Also, did you know that you can self-plagiarize? If you quote your original thought as documented in another paper, etc., you should cite yourself!
Did you know...
Read more facts at plagiarism.org
This video uses MLA and APA styles in its examples, but the discussion of why citation is necessary applies to any style.
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