In all types of research and scholarly writing, it is important to cite your sources in order to:
Readers may want to locate a source you have cited to verify the information or to learn more about the topic. A proper citation includes all of the information necessary for a reader to locate a source.
Scholarly writing is grounded in research. Citations allow you to demonstrate that your position is thoroughly researched.
Giving proper credit to those whose ideas, words, and thoughts you use is not only respectful to those authors, but is also often required to avoid plagiarism.
Plagiarism occurs when a student submits work in respect of which ideas or words are taken from another source and presented as if they are the student’s own, without appropriate acknowledgement of the original source. It is the act of presenting another’s materials as one’s own without appropriate acknowledgement that constitutes plagiarism, whether or not the student does so intentionally. Included in the concept of plagiarism are:
Note: A student who assists another student in an act or attempted act of academic misconduct will be considered to have committed an act of academic misconduct.