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Integrating references


Academic writing involves using references and integrating them into your writing. This shows that you understand what you have read and can compare the ideas of different authors.

When to cite: You need to cite anytime you are using ideas, words or images.

Using accurate citations helps show where an idea came from and when you are using someone else’s ideas. The citation connects the reader to your reference list or bibliography, where there is more information about the source you are using. Using citations improves your work as well as your knowledge of the subject, but not correctly citing limits the effectiveness of your work and does not credit the original author.

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