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As an academic writer, you must document all of the sources of information that you include in your papers, presentations, and any other projects. The reason for citations and documentation is to credit the author and publisher for their original work and to enable your readers to consult the same sources. Through the proper use of your sources and citations, you openly acknowledge where your ideas come from. Even if you use your own words, if you found the ideas in a publication of any kind, you must document the source.

Furthermore, by following closely the citation guidelines set forth by your discipline, as well as by your college or university, you avoid plagiarizing someone else’s ideas, a serious breach of academic conduct and a violation of most student codes of conduct.

The following links provide information on how to integrate source material into your own writing.

Quoting and Paraphrasing

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Purdue University:


The following links provide guidelines on how to properly cite your source material.

Understanding Citations

Cornell University:


APA Formatting and Style Guide

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MLA Formatting and Style Guide

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