Citation Guide Introduction

Reasons Why You Must Cite

1. It is ethical.  You avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the people whose ideas and research you use.   

2. It is proof.  It adds credibility to your argument by showing your research and conclusions are based on reliable information. 

3. It is understood.  Scholars in your discipline use this standardized format to communicate and share information.    

Academic Honesty & Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking credit for work that is not your own and can have very serious consequences. 

CSUSM's official Academic Honesty Policy outlines expectations for students.  
- Scroll down to Part VI: Definitions for information related to citation and plagiarism.

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