It's important to make sure you collect all the information you need to cite a source as you gather your information so that you won't need to look it up again, so:
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:
This three-min. video from The Harness Library illustrates why it's important for you to cite your sources. Watch, Learn, and Enjoy!
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).
Your instructor should tell you which citation style they want you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.