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There are many good reasons why scholars and students cite the sources that inform their research and scholarship. Very generally, citing sources is a way to acknowledge when information is not one's own and credit those authors and creators who originated the information being used. Citing is the formal way that the acknowledgement and credit is documented.
In addition to giving credit to others for the work they have done, citing also:
There are many different citation styles in use, and many disciplines have a style that is commonly used in that discipline. MLA style (established by the Modern Languages Association) is commonly used in the humanities.
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