1. To Build Upon the Research of Others Citing your sources demonstrates that your arguments and conclusions are not based solely upon your own opinion or biases, but are supported by the findings of other researchers.
2. To Give Credit When Its Due Citing information allows you to demonstrate exactly what information you took from another researcher and it shows what information is original to your work.
3. To Allow for Further Research When you cite others' research in your work, you are giving your audience the sources they need to seek out additional information related to your topic.
4. To Avoid Plagiarism! Plagiarism is a serious offense at Surry Community College and is subject to disciplinary action. Plagiarism results from not giving credit to the sources of information you use in your research. See the Plagiarism page for more information.
What Do I Have to Cite?
1. Direct Quotes When you quote directly from a source. When you rephrase, reword, or summarize information from a source.
2. Arguments and Terminology When you make use of another person's argument, idea, or specific terminology.
3. Graphs, Charts, Photos, Drawings, etc. When you use or glean information from another person's graph, chart, photograph, drawing, or other representation of information.