Most academic work draws upon the works of others; therefore, citing your sources is an important part of the scholarly writing process.
Citations include the key elements that allow your sources to be identified and located. These elements vary depending on the type of resource.
There are several reasons to cite your sources:
- Give proper credit to the ideas, words and works of others you use in your research.
- Allow readers to find your sources - so they can determine if they are reliable, better evaluate your argument and locate additional information.
- Avoid plagiarism (see LCCC's Code of Conduct Policy).