There are many reasons why you need to cite your sources.
One is to let the reader know what the original source of your information is. This lends authority to your work and lets the instructor know that you did your research.
You want to let your reader identify and retrieve the sources you used for their own use.
You also want to give credit to the person whose ideas you have quoted, summarized or paraphrased. Not doing so constitutes plagiarism and is a violation of copyright law.
Remember, it does not matter where you got the information. It does not matter if you paid for it or not. You always have to say where you got it. If someone used your work, you’d want to get credit for it, too!
Butler University Libraries. Citation Guides: MLA Style. Used under CC BY NC SA
Butler University Libraries. Citation Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style. Used under CC BY NC SA
NoodleTools is a user-friendly, online research platform that enables students to evaluate information, create citations, take notes, outline, archive source material, and prepare to write. Remember, your citation is only correct if you know what type of source you are citing and how to find all the relevant information. Ask a librarian if you have any questions.
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