About Citation & Documentation
Why Do I Have to Cite?
- Connect your work to the ongoing conversation - Demonstrate that your arguments and conclusions are not based on your opinion but supported by the findings of other researchers.
- Give credit where it is due - Showing what you've learned from others highlights your original arguments.
- Help future researchers understand - Give your audience the what it needs to find out more about your topic.
- Avoid plagiarism - Duplication of wording, concepts, or ideas from any source and submission of the material as one’s own work without appropriately acknowledging the source violates Brevard College's Honor Code and is subject to disciplinary action.
What Do I Have to Cite?
- Direct quotes or summarized information from an outside source.
- Arguments, ideas, or specific terminology from an outside source.
- Graphs, Charts, Photos, Drawings, etc. either pictured directly or used to glean information.
Which Format Should I Use?
In academic writing, the most commonly used citation formats are APA, MLA, and Chicago (Turabian). Check with your instructors to see which citation format they prefer.