When you write a research paper, you use information and facts from a variety of resources to support your own ideas to develop new ones. You cite these sources for the following reasons:
To Give Credit
Giving credit to the original source acknowledges experts and scholars for their contribution. In some fields, citations can lead to career advancement.
To Establish Credibility
Citations build credibility because they demonstrate how much you have read and learned, including sometimes from competing and multiple viewpoints. It will be clear to your reader that your ideas are well supported.
To Help the Reader
Citations can guide your readers to more information about your topic. They can also offer clues to the larger conversation in which your work is positioned.
To Participate in the Conversation
Your work contributes to ongoing intellectual conversations.
Whenever you use a citation style, you will be governed by that style in three ways:
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