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Prof. Seid; Principles of Teaching Health Care - SPRING 2020: Citation

Why We Cite

When you write a research paper, you use information and facts from a variety of resources to support your own ideas to develop new ones. You cite these sources for the following reasons:

  • To Give Credit
    Giving credit to the original source acknowledges experts and scholars for their contribution. In some fields, citations can lead to career advancement.
  • To Establish Credibility
    Citations build credibility because they demonstrate how much you have read and learned, including sometimes from competing and multiple viewpoints. It will be clear to your reader that your ideas are well supported. 
  • To Help the Reader
    Citations can guide your readers to more information about your topic. They can also offer in that they suggest clues to the larger conversation in which your work is positioned. 
  • To Participate in the Conversation
    Your work contributes to ongoing intellectual conversations.
  • To Help Researchers Organize and Share Information in a Standardized Way

The Path of a Citation


The purpose of the in-text citation is to direct the reader to the full citation in the Works Cited page. 

Creating a path from:

                                The original source to

                                Your text using in-text citations to

                                Your Works Cited page