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Cite My Sources and Avoid Plagiarism

Why we cite, when we cite, and how it works

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Why do we cite?

We cite, or refer to, our sources in research assignments for (basically) 4 reasons:

1) To give credit to (or not take the blame for!) the "author" of the idea or quote 

2) To support and highlight our own work/ideas

3) To show the research we have done

4) To become part of the academic or scholarly "conversation" about our topic

Watch this quick video about why we cite to get a clear picture of why it's so important to use citation:

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