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When to Cite Sources on Research Papers

Part of the Research Papers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A huge faux-pas in the world of research papers is stealing someone else’s ideas. You need to give credit for your sources of information when you’re writing your research paper. Use these rules for citing your sources:

  • Provide a citation for all direct quotations from printed, electronic, or human sources.

  • Cite the source whenever you employ someone else’s ideas, even if you express them in your own words.

  • Cite the source when you use a train of logic or an organizational pattern created by someone else.

  • Don’t cite the source for information that is common knowledge.

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