Works Cited Guide

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    Why do I have to create a Works Cited?

    A Works Cited shows your audience (students or teachers) where you found the information in your research paper. By including a Works Cited at the end of your paper, you are giving credit to the original author of the idea or information. This information can be found in a variety of sources including books, databases, websites, magazines, newspapers, etc.

    What happens if I do not cite my sources?

    When an idea or information is not your original idea, you have to show where you found that information because it is someone else's intellectual property. plagiarism occurs when you "steal" information that you included by not giving credit to the author in your Works Cited page. The word plagiarism derives from the latin word plagiarius, which literally means "kidnapper."

    What information do I have to cite?

    Basic facts that are common knowledge that everyone knows do not have to be cited. Direct quotes from print and electronic materials have to include a Works Cited. You must also remember to cite information found in print and electronic resources that you have paraphrased or summarized.

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