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Module Four

DO I HAVE TO CITE EVERYTHING?

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It may seem that way after reading the information on the last few pages. However, your paper should not be a patchwork of other people's words and ideas. Remember, your goal is to write an original paper based on what you have learned in your research. You should not be simply assembling other people's work, citing it, and stringing it together into a paper. The majority of the paper should be your own work, supported and given authority by your research.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CITE:
Well known facts and common knowledge
Facts that can easily be found in common reference sources
Common expressions from everyday speech
Your own original words

REMEMBER, IF IN DOUBT, IT IS BEST TO CITE!

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