Why do I need to cite my sources?

Experts look carefully at the literature in their field  when writing a new book or article, to make sure that their publication fits into their discipline's "conversation." When they incorporate information or ideas from another article or book into their own writing, they cite it.  It's the scholarly version of giving credit.

Watch this video to learn more about why we cite our sources. 

  1. Be respectful and give credit where it's due.
  2. Demonstrate your knowledge and back up your claims. 
  3. Share information.   

Using a specific, standardized format (like APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.) ensures that each citation includes the information that your reader will need to find the source again.  Putting each piece of information in a particular order makes the citation easier to understand at a glance (once you're familiar with the style, that is).


  • Last Updated Dec 20, 2023
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  • Answered By Angel Pridgen, MLS, M.Ed.

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