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What do I need to cite?

Description of when and when not to cite sources. See below for discussion.

If you are quoting or paraphrasing information, reusing an image, restating information presented in a table, or if you otherwise did not think of the information you are using, a source should be cited. Citations give authors/creators/researchers credit for their work.

What is Plagiarism?

Failure to properly cite sources is considered plagiarism, whether intentional or not. Plagiarism is:

  • Using others work/ideas without citing sources
  • Making up citations/sources
  • Passing off another’s work as your own
  • Paraphrasing someone's work without citation

How Do You Avoid Plagiarism?

  • Keep track of your sources and cite everything.

  • If you’re not sure whether something needs to be cited, ask your instructor or a librarian.

  • Make sure you cite even when you paraphrase – not just when you use direct quotes.

  • When you do paraphrase, use your own words. Don’t just rearrange sentences or replace select words. You need to show that you understand this information and are using it for a reason.

The UC San Diego Libraries' Avoid Plagiarism video gives an excellent overview of how to avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism Checkers

Before you turn your work in, check for accidental plagiarism.