If you are quoting another person’s ideas directly, paraphrasing, or referring to another person’s ideas, you must cite the work from which you took the quote. This is true regarding speeches you read or heard, statistics, ideas, or thoughts that you encountered in books, magazines, on line, on television, or in personal interviews. Citing allows your readers to appreciate the amount of research that you have done, and it allows them to research further. You cannot cite a source unless you actually used some part of it in your paper. If you’ve read it and informed your ideas, but you didn’t actually use the material, you may list it as a reference. Improper citing or using work without citing can have serious consequences.
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