Giving credit to the original source's author(s) acknowledges their ideas.
Citing shows that you've done your research.
Citations guide readers to other sources on the same topic.
Show how your work fits into your field of study.
Taking someone else's words or ideas as your own can lead to serious consequences.
Thank you to Middlebury Libraries for some of these ideas.
Tip: Look for the Cite Button
Many databases give you the option to copy a citation. This is a good start, but you need to make sure it's accurate before you turn in your work.