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Science Information Cycle: Why Cite?


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Something to think about: If you use an image created by someone else you need to cite it. See the Image Citation Guide.

Why Cite Sources?

To cite a source means to quote or assign credit to the originators of the material. Scientists cite sources because it:

  1. Makes it possible for others using the information to easily find your sources on their own.
    • Citations allow the ability to cross-reference material in the body of the essay or paper to the works cited page.
    • Citations show who authored it, where it is found and when it was written or shared publicly.
  2. Demonstrates the credibility of your arguments!
  3. Gives credit to other authors and avoids plagiarism.
  4. Allows you to stand on the shoulders of the great
    scientific scholars
    who have come before you!

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