Using information generates issues related to ethics and law. You will need several types of resources to use in order to incorporate information in your paper. This is acceptable but you cannot just copy and paste text in your paper. You will need to describe the sources from which you will borrow ideas. If you incorporate text in your paper without crediting your sources, then you commit plagiarism. This is the theft of intellectual property. To avoid plagiarism you need to create citations for all the information sources that you will use.
A citation is a path you create when you are using an information source. This path makes the source you have used visible to your audience. If your readers follow this path will be able to find the original sources from which inspired you and from which you retrieved information. Each citation has two forms. The first form of the citation is usually shorter and appears in the body of your paper. It is called in-text citation. It may also appear as a footnote. The second form of the citation appears at the end of the paper. This form provides usually a detailed description of an information source.
Each citation may consist of several elements. The elements are little pieces differ based on the citation style you are using.
Which elements you need for your citations relates to the citation style that you will use. We support three citation styles the MLA, the APA, and Chicago style. Choosing a citation style depends on your scientific field, your instructor or your own preferences.
Usually beginning researchers don’t understand why citing is important. These are some reasons why to cite the sources you are using.
The improper use of another’s ideas or work is plagiarism. It can appear in three forms but in any case is a serious offense.
There are three techniques for incorporating information in your papers.
Here are some similarities and differences between summarizing and paraphrasing
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