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Citations: how and why

How to cite sources & why we cite sources (copyright & plagiarism)

Citation Styles


Citation Needed Cartoon
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"Why Citing is Important

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

  • To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information

  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their 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 of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list"

MIT Libraries.(n.d.). Citing sources: Overview. MIT Libraries. Retrieved February 13, 2020 from

Play the citation game to practice your skills or just have a bit of educational fun.

Citation Game

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