There are many reasons why you need to cite your sources:
- You need to tell the reader the original source of your information. This lends authority to your work and lets the instructor know you did your research.
- You want to let your reader identify and retrieve the sources you used for their own use.
- You need to credit 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 matter if you paid for the information or not. You must always state where you found it. If someone used your work, you’d want to get credit for it, too!
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