There are so many reasons to cite your sources! A citation identifies for the reader the original source from which you incorporated the words, ideas, images, and other information into your own work. No one wants to get in trouble, but avoiding plagiarism isn't the only reason to cite your sources. For example, a citation will allow you to:
A citation is composed of bibliographic elements such as author, title, publication date, page numbers, volume/issue, and URL that are arranged in a particular order defined by the citation style you are using (for example MLA or APA).
To be complete, an in-text citation corresponds to a full citation in the bibliography (sometimes called Works Cited or References).
You DO Need to Cite
You DO NOT Need to Cite
An accurate citation requires the right elements in the right order with the right punctuation based on the rules of a particular citation style. There are two places where you will cite your sources; within the text of your document and at the end, in your References or your Works Cited list.
Get help with in-text citations, Works Cited/References, and paper formatting with the guides below.
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Whether intentional or accidental, plagiarism involves taking the words and ideas of others and representing them as your own. Plagiarism is a serious violation with potentially dire consequences, which raises important questions:
"Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which a student falsely represents another person’s work as his or her own – it includes, but is not limited to: (a) the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; (b) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; and (c) information gathered from the internet and not properly identified." (MCCCD Scholastic Standards, 2.3.11 Academic Misconduct)
Here are some resources to help you learn more about plagiarism: