A research paper includes ideas and facts gathered from other sources. As you write your paper, you will summarize, paraphrase, or quote directly from these sources.
The process of acknowledging the sources you use is also known as citing your sources. Why should you cite? According to the Kentucky Virtual Library, citing your sources:
Every time you quote or paraphrase someone else’s work, you must tell us:
You give us this information in two places:
1. In the paragraph where you are quoting or paraphrasing. This is called an In-Text Citation because you will put brief information about the work in parentheses.
2. In the Works Cited or References page at the end of the paper. This is where you put all of the information we need to find a copy of the works you used in your paper.
The style guides have been created to help you be as successful as possible on your own. But we all know that sometimes we need help to figure things out. There are two different ways that you can get help with citations: