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Sociology (2020/21): Why Cite a Source???

Parts of a Citation







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Why is it important to CITE???


Citations reflect the careful and thorough work you have put into locating and exploring your sources.
Citations help readers understand the context of your argument and are a courtesy to the reader, who may share your interest in a particular area of study.
Citations allow you to acknowledge those authors who contributed to your learning and your work.
Citations, by illustrating your own learning process, also draw attention to the originality and legitimacy of your own ideas.
By citing sources you demonstrate your integrity and skill as a responsible student and participant in your field of study.


"When and Why to Cite Sources." University at Albany. N.p., 2010. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. <>.