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Citing Sources

Tips on citing sources from the DI Library

About This Guide

This guide was created to provide students with instructions and examples for citing sources and links to read more. Navigate this guide using the topics on the left.

What Is a Source?

A source is anything that gives you an idea or piece of information to use in your paper or project.

  • A source can be a book, magazine, newspaper, letter, song, web page, blog, podcast, interview, email, Facebook update, or even your own class notes.
  • A source can also be something visual: a TV program, movie, photograph, chart, diagram, or illustration.

Why Do I Need to Cite My Sources?

Citing your sources tells your audience where your information came from. This allows them to:

  • Go to your sources to learn more about the subject
  • Understand how you arrived at your theory, idea or conclusion
  • Know which ideas are your own original thoughts

Just as you wouldn’t want someone to steal your design for a chair, you need to give credit where it’s due when you use someone else’s ideas.


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