When you write a research paper, you use information and facts from a variety of resources to support your own ideas or to help you develop new ones. Books, articles, videos, interviews, and Web sites are some examples of sources you might use.
Citing these sources of information in your work is essential because:
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Cite all outside sources you use in your research paper! Citing is required for sources you:
Paraphrase (rewrite using your own words), and
Summarize (rewrite the main concept or idea in your own words).
As you explore your topic, you'll discover and read information from many different sources. With each new source, you'll need to decide if you want to use it. To help you make this decision, you'll ask yourself questions about the source like:
Who is the author of this source?
What is the title of the source?
How was the source published?
Where did I find this source?
When was the source published?
Each of these elements (author, title, publisher, location, publication date) will become part of your citation. As you work, you'll want to keep track of each of these elements so that creating your citations will be easier.