Citing your sources:
Allows you the opportunity to acknowledge the authors who have influenced your thinking
Builds context for your argument, thesis statement, or research question
Allows readers to examine your thinking and make their own judgment about your conclusions, and to follow up on the facts & figures you cite
Helps you and your readers to see how your writing fits into a larger conversation
We cite sources any time we are using words or ideas that are not our own. Types of sources may include:
Published texts, such as…
Articles from scholarly journals
Books & book chapters
Government or NGO reports
Written information on a website
Data or statistics
Images and multimedia
Most plagiarism is unintentional, but it's still considered an infringement of academic honesty. See Section 4 of Student Rights and Responsibilities for more information.
You can avoid unintentional plagiarism by citing your sources correctly.
Explore the pages of this guide to learn about different citation styles and software you can use to generate citations.