Citation: Information about a source that gives you all of the information on how to find it
Citation Style: A set of instructions for formatting citations, bibliographies, and other elements of your paper; common examples include MLA, Chicago, and APA
Plagiarism: Passing off someone else's words or ideas as your own
Common Knowledge: Widely accepted information that is available in many sources and does not require a citation
Quoting: Directly reproducing someone else's words and surrounding them with quotation marks
Paraphrasing: Rewriting a passage in your own words (citations are still needed)
Reference List: List of sources at the end of the paper
Summarizing: Condensing someone else's major points using your own words (citations are still needed)
Works Cited Page: Another name for the list of sources at the end of the paper
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.