By citing, you're giving credit where credit is due. You're clearly stating that the information you're presenting is not the result of your own work, but the work of other people. When you pass off others' research or ideas as your own, intentionally or not, you're committing plagiarism, a very serious offense.Visit the STLCC Prevent Plagiarism page for more information on plagiarism and how best to avoid it.
You're allowing others to gauge the reliability of the information in your paper or project. Through your citations, readers can locate the very same sources you used, and can then evaluate for themselves the accuracy of the information within those sources.
You're helping others conduct their own research, by directing them not only to the sources you've used, but to the further resources which your sources cite.
Books For Citation and Formatting Help
The books below are the authoritative guides for each style, and contain many examples of cited sources. Consult these works for help with your own citations, and with formatting your paper. These books can be found in the STLCC Campus Libraries.
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