Citing your sources is very important.
Citing sources is a critical part of academic work. You are expected to provide references, also referred to as citations, to sources from which you borrow ideas, text, or images. A list of citations or references is sometimes referred to as a bibliography. By providing citations to your sources, you accomplish several things:
- You provide a research trail for your readers should they wish to locate the sources you consulted through your research efforts
- Your sources may lend credibility to your research (if you locate and use credible and appropriate sources of information).
- By providing a bibliography, you show the extent of your efforts in consulting sources to accomplish your work.
- Finally, providing references to works from which you borrow ideas, text, and images shows that you are being academically honest.
Honor Code at Georgia Southern University
"On my honor, I will be academically honest in all of my course work and will not tolerate the academic dishonesty of others. I also pledge to engage in ethical behavior on-campus and off- campus, to live an honorable lifestyle, and to create a campus environment that is characterized by individual responsibility, civility, and integrity."
Georgia Southern University Campus Honor Pledge, an expansion of the Honor Code, approved by the Student Government Association in Spring 2006
Why we cite
Created by The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill