Why we need to cite our sources

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why we need to cite our sources

Plagarism means to steal and pass off ( the ideas or words of another) as one's own.  Citing sources is simple acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source is usually enough to prevent plagarism.  Ethics demand the writers be credited for their work and their writing.  Not to do so is to plagarize.  Intentionally or unintentionally to copy the ideas , or work of another without sufficient acknowledgement is plagarize.

There are several ways to scite.  Quoting any verbatim use of a source, no matter how large or small the quotation, place in quotation marks.  Quotation must be accompanied, either within the text with by a indication of the source, identifying the author, title, place and date of publication ( where relevant), and page number.  Paraphrase is a restatement of another person's thought or idea in your own words, using your own sentence structure.  A summary is a statement of another person's thoughts or ideas in your own words.  You must cite your sources.

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