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Introduction to the Research Process: Writing and Citing

Style Guides

Why Cite?

Citing the sources you use for your research paper is important for several reasons:

  • It helps you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of work by another person without clear acknowledgment. Simply put, plagiarism is stealing another person's ideas and work. It is a form of academic dishonesty and a violation of SCAD's rules of academic integrity. Properly attributing and documenting your sources will help you avoid inadvertently taking credit for another person's ideas.
  • It allows others to find your research sources.
  • It provides evidence to support your ideas and adds credibilty to your work by showing that you have consulted reliable sources.

Citation Management

SCAD Writers' Studio

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The SCAD Writers' Studio offers assistance with all aspects of the writing process.

Services are available to students in all SCAD locations, and how-to resources are available on their department website within MySCAD.