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Citing Sources Plagiarism When to Cite Sources Style Manuals Fair Use Quiz
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Citing Sources

An important aspect of information literacy is learning how to use information ethically by citing sources and observing fair use.

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper, speech, or PowerPoint presentation, you must provide a proper citation for the source in a bibliography or list of references to:

  • give credit to the author or creator and
  • enable a reader to locate the source you cited.

Providing references for sources you used also lends credibility to your work, especially if you use authoritative sources. Be sure to provide full citations to all types of sources you use, including:



checkWeb sites


checkgovernment documents

checknonprint media (DVDs, videotapes)


checkdata sources

A citation must include:


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