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Reasons why to cite a source
Gives credit to authors whose works you have used.
Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted.
Provides evidence of your research.
Properly citing materials is one strategy to help you avoid plagiarizing.
What needs to be cited:
•Anything you’ve learned in your research
•Information that would not be common knowledge, even if you knew it before
What does not need to be cited:
•Common knowledge - things like the year the Declaration of Independence was written or the name of your state’s capital
•Your own conclusions or interpretations