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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

4 - Citations

Why do we cite the work of others?

To summarize, attributions and citations are important because:


They help others find the information that you used.

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They help establish the credibility of your own research.


They connect your work to the work of other scholars, and it is one way that scholars enter into a conversation with each other.

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Ethical attribution and citations are an act of justice.


It is a way to honor and acknowledge the work of others who have made your own research possible!

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