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Why Should you Cite your Sources
Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only
way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a
number of other reasons to cite sources:
- citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find
out more about your ideas and where they came from.
- not all sources are good or right -- your own ideas may
often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources. Proper
citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else's bad
- citing sources shows the amount of research you've done.
- citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside
support to your ideas.
RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and
database manager that allows you to create your own personal database
by importing references from text files or online databases and other
various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and
automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. Go to Refworks. Ask your librarian for assistance.