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Understand Citations — Understand Citations

Introduction

"Citation matters. It means a lot to acknowledge the work of those working before or alongside you."

Emily Drabinski, Twitter post, June 2, 2015, 12:58 p.m., https://twitter.com/edrabinski/status/605825951478378497

Why do we emphasize citation so much?

  1. Builds support for your project 
  2. Citations help you locate sources
  3. It's the ethical thing to do.

This guide will help you recognize the common elements of a citation, and recognize the type of source it is pointing to.

Academics use quotes and ideas from the works of others to enter into the scholarly conversation. They demonstrate why the topic they have chosen is important (since others are reading and writing about it), and acknowledge the works of others that they use in their work.  

Citing your sources is your primary means of evidence. Academic & professional writers (like lawyers, doctors, or engineers) never expect their readers to just take their word for it - citations allow readers to make sure that the writer is accurately representing their source(s)!

And - of course - it's the right thing to do!

When do I cite?

  • Direct Quotes
  • Paraphrase 
  • Summary 
  • Facts, Data
  • Anytime anything originated outside of your own skull!

When in doubt, cite!

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