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BCOR 2300: Genetics - Pespeni (Spring 2024)

Why Citations Matter

There are many reasons why it is important to cite the resources that you consult when researching a paper. The most important of these are:

  • Gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not).
  • Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted.
  • Provides evidence of your research.
  • Properly citing materials is one strategy to help you avoid plagiarizing.

There are many citation styles but they all serve the same purpose. Which citation style you should use depends upon the subject area of the class and the preferences of your professor.

Helpful Citation Tools

Video: Why Cite?

A short 45-second video from Western Washington University about why we cite.