Why to Cite:
- Give credit to the authors of the sources you used.
- Provide evidence you did research -- good, credible sources give your work more authority.
- Allows your reader to locate the sources you used.
- Avoid plagiarism.
When to Cite:
You should cite a source if you reproduce, quote, paraphrase, or summarize ideas and/or media created by other individuals. When in doubt, cite!
Plagiarism Has Consequences
Types of Plagiarism
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Plagiarism may not seem like a big deal, but there can be some severe and/or long lasting effects:
- Failing grade (assignment and/or course)
- Note on transcript for academic dishonesty
- Loss of financial aid
- Academic probation or expulsion
- Limited career opportunities (can become a barrier to getting a job or can cause loss of employment)
There are many different ways to plagiarize, including self-plagiarism.