What is Citing?

Academic research is based on intellectual honesty. You must cite all the sources of information you used for your paper whether ideas, words, images, statistics, or opinions. Using other people’s words or ideas without acknowledging them is plagiarism.

There are different styles of citing material depending on the course you’re following.  Your teacher will tell you which style to use.

The following videos from Suffolk County Community College Library will give you a better understanding of why, where and what you cite.

Why Cite?

What to Cite?

Videos created by Suffolk County Community College Library. Posted with permission of the college library.

Tip:  As you consult various information sources write down all the details to describe the document. This will save you time when you prepare your list of citations.