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You get your research assignment from your professor and they require that you cite your sources. Maybe they want you to use APA or MLA, or some other style like Chicago, AMA, or ASA. What does this really mean?
Citing yours sources...
Adds to your credibility and supports your ideas!
Helps your reader find the sources you reference to read for themselves
Ensures the accuracy of scientific and scholarly knowledge
Protects and acknowledges intellectual property rights
When should you cite?
Direct Quotations: When you use the author’s exact words
Paraphrasing: When you summarize someone else’s words or ideas
Facts: When you mention somethingthat is not common knowledge
Images: When you use pictures, charts, and graphics that someone else created in a presentation