A citation tells the reader where to find the source of the words or ideas in your text.
Why should you cite your sources?
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When you quote or paraphrase someone else's words or ideas, you need to provide a citation.
You do not need to cite:
But you DO need to provide citations for the facts and opinions you borrow from others.
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Style guides, like the MLA's (Modern Language Association) and APA's (American Psychological Association), explain how to format your written work and how to cite your references.