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Why and What to Cite?
- Provides evidence for your arguments and adds credibility to your work. It shows that you have sought out and considered a variety of viewpoints on
a given topic.
- To help readers find your sources. It allows them to go through some of the steps you took to reach your conclusions.
- To show your teachers the work that you have done.
- Helps avoid charges of plagiarism.
What kind of sources should you cite?
- Direct quotations from a book, article, film, letter,
email, lecture, etc.
- Ideas you draw from a source but present entirely in
your own words.
- Paraphrases and summaries of books, journal articles,
- Single words, short phrases, sentences and longer
passages quoted from books or articles used.
Guides to ASA Citation Style