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Why do we cite?
- to distinguish previous from new thought
- to give credit to the person whose ideas you used
- to respect intellectual property
- to help a reader locate the source(s) you used
- to show that you have investigated your topic well
- to avoid plagiarism
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When writing a research paper, you must always cite any sources that you have consulted. You must acknowledge when you are using the ideas, information, arguments, phrases or any other intellectual or creative output by another person. Not to do so is referred to as plagiarism. Any form of plagiarism is a serious offense that comes with disciplinary consequences that can largely be avoided by always citing your resources. . For more information see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy, and the related Procedures for Dealing with Academic Integrity Violations.
Common examples of plagiarism:
- Copying sentences, paragraphs, data or visuals without citing their source
- Quoting material without proper use of quotation marks (even if otherwise cited appropriately)
- Paraphrasing or summarizing information from a source without acknowledgement;
- Paying someone for writing the assignment
- Listing a source in the bibliography/reference list that was not cited in the assignment
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