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Why cite your work?

Why Cite?

Plagiarism is the academic version of copyright violation. Plagiarism occurs when you borrow another's words (or ideas) and do not acknowledge whose idea or words you borrowed. In this culture, we consider our words and ideas intellectual property; like a car or any other possession, we believe our words belong to us and cannot be used without our permission. The only way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources - both within the body of your paper and in a bibliography of sources you used at the end of your paper.

Remember: Plagiarism is a violation of the Honor Code!

You must cite:

  • Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge
  • Ideas, words, theories, or exact language that another person used in other publications
  • Publications that must be cited include:  books, book chapters, articles, web pages, theses, etc.
  • Another person's exact words should be quoted and cited to show proper credit 

When in doubt, be safe and cite your source!

Use the resources below to help you cite your sources.