WHY  DO  WE  CITE?   WHY  IS  CITING  YOUR  SOURCES  IMPORTANT?   Your  professors  will  ask  you  to  write  papers  or  other  writing  assignments  that  require  you   to  do  research.    After  you  do  the  research,  then  what  do  you  do?    What  do  you  do  with  the   information  you  found?    How  do  you  let  your  reader  (professor)  know  where  you  got  your   information  from?    Why  is  all  this  even  important?       When  writing  in  academia,  it  is  important  to  give  credit  to  the  sources  that  you  got  your   information  from  for  many  reasons,  but  the  main  reasons  are  to  make  your  research   credible,  to  show  that  you  know  what  you  are  talking  about,  to  give  credit  where  credit  is   due,  and  to  serve  as  a  resource  for  others.   REASON  #1:  TO  MAKE  YOUR  RESEARCH  CREDIBLE     When  writing,  it  is  easy  to  say  what  you  think  to  be  true,  or  what  you  believe  will  happen.     Your  reader,  however,  may  disagree,  or  may  not  understand  your  point.    Citing  scholarly,   reputable  sources  can  only  enhance  the  message  of  your  paper,  and  adds  overall  credibility   to  your  writing  (For  more  information  on  scholarly  sources,  see  the  handout  Scholarly   versus  Non-­‐Scholarly  Sources).               REASON  #2:  TO  SHOW  YOU  KNOW  WHAT  YOU’RE  TALKING  ABOUT     Your  professor  gives  you  an  assignment  and  expects  you  to  do  it.    Finding  credible  sources,   incorporating  the  material  into  your  own  paper,  and  citing  the  sources  not  only  shows  that   you  are  knowledgeable  about  the  subject  matter  and  content,  but  also  shows  that  you  did   what  you  were  tasked  with  doing.   REASON  #3:  TO  GIVE  CREDIT  WHERE  CREDIT  IS  DUE   Chances  are,  the  researchers  and  scholars  you  quote  in  your  own  work  have  spent   countless  hours  and  numerous  years  developing  their  work.    Why  would  you  not  give  them   the  credit  they  deserve?    One  day,  you  might  stumble  upon  a  new  concept,  idea,  or  process  

Created  by  Natasha  Molet  Worthington,  June  2014  

that  others  want  to  know  more  about  and/or  emulate,  and  you  will  most  certainly  want  the   credit.    The  work  of  other  researchers  is  available  for  all  to  use  as  they  see  fit  and   necessary,  but  remember  to  give  the  credit  to  the  person  who  deserves  it.       REASON  #4:  TO  SERVE  AS  A  REFERENCE  FOR  OTHERS   The  sources  listed  at  the  end  of  your  writing  can  serve  as  a  resource  for  others  who  may  be   interested  in  the  same  topic  as  you.    With  your  properly  cited  paper,  any  one  should  be  able   to  locate  the  sources  you  used.  

Created  by  Natasha  Molet  Worthington,  June  2014  



WHY  DO  WE  CITE?   WHY  IS  CITING  YOUR  SOURCES  IMPORTANT?   Your  professors  will  ask  you  to  write  papers  or  other  writing  assignments...

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