Your writing is built upon the research of others. It is respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work.
2. To support your arguments
By referencing or citing the work of scholars and other professionals, you demonstrate that your research and conclusions are based on reliable information and supported by others.
3. Provide a path
Citations provide a trail to the original research or idea and help your readers find more relevant resources.
4. To avoid plagiarism
In most academic environments, including CCAC, plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in academic discipline. Plagiarism is when you do not properly cite any direct quote, paraphrase, summary, or fact from your research, whether on purpose or accidentally. To avoid accidentally plagiarizing, take detailed notes and always include where the information came from.
The videos below provide further explanation of giving credit. The first one, developed by Portland State Library, uses Michael Jackson's music to demonstrate how he was influenced by generations of artists and how his music has influenced many of today's artists. The second two are from CCAC's StudentLingo video series and explain details of plagiarism and citations.
Are you confused about citing sources in research papers? Do you know WHY sources need to be cited? Do you know HOW to cite in your papers? You can find answers to these questions in this StudentLingo workshop now available to CCAC students.