"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).
Citation is not just about plagiarism! Scholarship as Conversation
By using a citation index, you can search for articles that cite known experts in the field, such as the authors of your assigned readings. You can also locate articles written by those authors and take a look at the citation history.