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SEP 101: Citing Sources: Why Cite?

Welcome to the wonders of documenting your academic work!

For a class session worksheet, click here.

Why cite?

Sure, you know you'll get in trouble if you don't list the sources you've used, but that's a negative reason.

More positive reasons:

  1. It gives credit where credit is due
  2. It can strengthen your argument, since you're not just relying on your own thoughts.
  3. If your reader is interested in the topic, they can find the articles you've used to further explore the subject


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