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Cite My Sources and Avoid Plagiarism

This guide explains how and why we cite sources in a research paper.

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 idea/argument

  3. To show evidence of all 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 citations:

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Just for fun!

What if rappers had to cite all their pop-culture references? How many of these would you recognize without the citations?