What is a citation?
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A citation gives credit to the source of a quotation, paraphrase, or other information that you have used in your writing. There are many different citation styles established by academic and professional organizations; this guide includes resources for several common citation styles.
Citation is important:
- For scholarly communication. You grow in knowledge by learning from subject experts, and participate in scholarly communication through your academic writing.
- To give credit and show professionalism. Citations allow others (and you!) to find the sources used in your paper and learn more about them.
- To avoid plagiarism.
Adapted from: University of Alberta Library. (2020). Why do we cite? in APA style citation tutorial.
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