"Your first duty as a researcher is to get the facts right. Your second duty is to tell readers where the facts came from."
The purpose of any citation method is the same:
From: Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th ed. (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2018), 139-40.
Whenever you quote, summarize, or paraphrase another author's work or research, you MUST include a citation that tells the reader what information you have borrowed and from where. On a more practical note, attributing, borrowing, and citing sources correctly is the easiest way to avoid plagiarism charges. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. It is defined in the 'Code of Student Conduct' within the UWF Student Handbook as "the act of representing the ideas, words, creations or work of another as one's own." The document further explains that "plagiarism combines theft with fraud."
Simply stated, plagiarism is stealing another person's intellectual property or using someone else's work without giving him or her appropriate credit.
You do not have to cite common knowledge or your original ideas.
What is common knowledge?
Common knowledge consists of facts and sayings that are well known by a large number of people or information that is included in multiple sources.
A well-known fact does not need a citation:
Interpretations or new research does need a citation:
Directly quoting a work is taking the exact words from a source and putting it into your own paper. Quotations should be used sparingly and are usually used in conjunction with paraphrasing and summarizing. Use quotations only when the exact words of what an author is saying is particularly significant to your point.
Paraphrasing is rewriting an author's work into your own words. Paraphrasing is useful because it allows you to condense ideas into shorter passages and to highlight similarities and differences between someone else's work and your own while retaining the tone of your own writing.
Keep in mind that although the information is in your own words, it is still the original author's work and ideas. You have merely rephrased them. Therefore, you must still cite the source.
See p. 708 (13.4) in Chicago for more information.
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