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Cite Your Sources

  • Why should you cite your sources?
    • Give credit to the ideas and work of others
    • Give credibility to your research
    • Show how your research builds on what's been done before
    • Allow readers to consult your sources in order to find more information
    • Avoid plagiarism
      • Plagiarism is defined by the IUPUI Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct "as presenting someone else’s work, including the work of other students, as one’s own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge. What is considered 'common knowledge' may differ from course to course."
  • When should you cite your sources?
    • According to the IUPUI Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, "a student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever:
      1. Directly quoting another person’s actual words, whether oral or written;
      2. Using another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories;
      3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
      4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
      5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment."
  • How should you cite your sources?

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Last updated by andjsmit on 02/06/2009