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Accounting & Finance Research Guide

Why do I need to cite my sources?

Properly citing your sources is absolutely necessary in order to assign credit to appropriate sources of information and to avoid committing plagiarism! This is an important responsibility that you must fulfill!

What is plagiarism? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own." This applies to written works, music, art, and other created or composed works. If you use any portion of another person's work, including ideas, words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, lyrics, music, images, etc, without giving them credit, you are essentially representing their work as your own. This is plagiarism. Even if you commit plagiarism unintentionally by accidentally forgetting to cite a source, it is still plagiarism and it is still illegal!

For a thorough explanation of plagiarism, see Plagiarism 101

Organize Your Sources!

These bibliographic management tools will help you organize, format, and store your sources. You can also use them to produce bibliographies or reference lists for your assignments:

Citing Datasets

Like all resources, datasets should be cited whenever they are used in a publication, paper, presentation, or assignment. Here are some guides to citing data: