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A guide to help students find and use the correct citation tools.
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2014 URL: http://libguides.ewp.rpi.edu/citing Print Guide RSS Updates

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when to cite

* graphic from the UCSD's Social Sciences and Humanities Library

 

Why Cite?

Citation acknowledges any source that has directly influenced your language, ideas, or arguments.

You cite sources:

  • to give credibility to the ideas you're presenting and show that they have a solid footing in previous work
  • to allow readers to trace your ideas back to their original sources
  • to avoid plagiarism by giving credit to those whose work has informed yours
  • to show that you've done your homework and that you know your stuff!
  • to let your readers find your sources for further reading

anatomy of a citation

From the University of Lethbridge Library, UK (http://libguides.uleth.ca/citation) :

      

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