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Citations: Why We Cite

Information on why and how to cite your sources using APA & MLA. Includes links to useful tools and tutorials, as well as other citation styles.

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Why We Cite

When you use information (data, images, ideas, quotations, etc.) in your projects, reference the original source by providing details about where you found the information:

  • To give credit where it is due.
  • To help your audience find your sources, which could help their research. 
  • To show there is support to back up the ideas you present. 
  • To establish your credibility by demonstrating your use of information from reliable sources. 
  • To avoid plagiarism.
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