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When do you cite?

According to the F&M Writing Center's guide to Using Outside Sources:

"Whenever you incorporate into your paper an idea from an outside source—any idea that is not obviously common knowledge and was not originally your own—you must acknowledge the source of the idea. Acknowledge a source whether you summarize, paraphrase, or quote. Acknowledge a source whether it is an authoritative scholarly work or a peer you’ve consulted for advice. Take care never to leave unclear which words express your original thoughts and which words—no matter how significant or insignificant they seem—are derived from another source" (Writing Center, 19). 

Discipline Specific

Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab

Citation Style Guides

For less common item formats and more specific guidance, we recommend:

Print Handbooks: APA | Chicago | MLA

Online Handbooks: ACS | AMA | APA | Chicago | CSE

Purdue OWL: APA | Chicago | MLA

F&M Writing Center's Using Outside Sources

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

What is citation? Why do we cite? 

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