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Why are citations important?
- Inform a reader that material in your work, such as a quote, image, or idea, came from another source.
- Acknowledge the work of others and provide pathways to their work.
- Provide context to your argument in a larger scholarly discussion.
- Establish your credibility as a serious scholar by providing evidence that you have thoroughly considered the topic.
- Failure to cite, or citing improperly, is considered plagiarism.