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When Do You Cite?

I need to document my sources in different cases:
  • When I quote someone's exact words
  • When I paraphrase someone's ideas
  • When I use any idea, theory, data, or method from a source I consulted

If I use information from any of these examples without citing it, I am plagiarizing. If I get caught plagiarizing in class, my professor can do a number of things, from deducting points to failing me in the class. Plagiarism is serious!

On the other hand, I don't have to cite information that most people know or that is common knowledge. For example, I would not need to create a citation if I said that Utah Valley University is in Orem, Utah.

If I'm not sure if information is common knowledge, I ask my professor. When in doubt, cite.
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