Citing your sources - Avoid Plagiarism

Citing your sources

Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information
  • you don't have to cite common knowledge

Consult the Citing your sources web page or MLA Citation Guide. Consider using OWL Purdue's MLA Formatting and Style Guide. It is an excellent resource.


The plagiarism handbook: strategies for preventing, detecting, and dealing with plagiarism

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Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021