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International Studies and Political Science: Cite Your Sources: Chicago Style

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Whenever you quote, paraphrase, or even write a sentence that isn't completely your original idea, you need to cite your sources. Because:

  • It's important to give credit where credit is due.
  • When you use other people's ideas without giving credit, it is called plagiarism.
  • Using citations will allow you to build upon other's ideas and research.

A citation is a reference to the source of information you use.

  • You have citations both within your paper and at the very end.
  • Citations help provide details that your reader can use to locate your sources and information used within.

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