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Quick Study Guide providing a brief Tutorial on Why we Cite in Academic Papers.

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Why we Cite?

Citing in academic papers is crucial for several reasons. First and foremost, it acknowledges and gives credit to the original authors, preventing plagiarism and respecting intellectual contributions. Additionally, citations provide evidence to support your claims and arguments, lending credibility to your work by demonstrating that it's built upon an existing foundation of research and knowledge. They also promote transparency, allowing readers to verify your sources, assess the validity of your research, and follow your scholarly trail. Citations serve as a roadmap for those who wish to delve deeper into a topic, fostering ongoing research and discussion. Furthermore, proper citations help you avoid legal issues associated with copyright infringement, ensuring ethical and responsible scholarship. In sum, citing in academic papers is a cornerstone of scholarly integrity, knowledge dissemination, and ethical research practices.

Brief Tutorial on why we Cite

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Other Software Options

Citation Software Options

  • Zotero: Zotero is freely accessible citation and research management software.
  • Endnote: EndNote is a reference manager that helps you save time formatting citations, so you can focus on your research.
  • Mendeley: Mendeley brings your research to life, so you can make an impact on tomorrow
  • Papers: Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you're passionate about.