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Why do we cite sources?

Acknowledge Sources: Demonstrating Academic Integrity

Acknowledging the sources you've used in your research is a crucial aspect of information literacy, as it demonstrates your commitment to academic integrity and respect for intellectual property. Proper citation not only gives credit to the authors and creators whose work has informed your research, but it also provides a transparent trail of evidence that allows others to verify your findings and explore the sources you've used. This transparency is vital for fostering trust, collaboration, and the advancement of knowledge within your field.

To acknowledge your sources, it's essential to follow a specific citation style, such as APA or MLA, depending on your field or the requirements of your professor. These citation styles provide guidelines for formatting your in-text citations, footnotes, or endnotes, as well as your bibliography or works cited page. By adhering to a standardized citation style, you ensure consistency and clarity in your references, making it easier for your audience to locate the sources you've cited.

In addition to the formal citation process, it's good practice to engage with the sources you've used throughout your research by summarizing, paraphrasing, or directly quoting from them when appropriate. This not only highlights the connections between your work and the existing literature but also helps to establish your credibility as a researcher. By acknowledging your sources consistently and accurately, you contribute to the ethical conduct of research and uphold the values of intellectual honesty and scholarly integrity.