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How to Write a Research Paper

A general process for writing a research paper at the college level.

Step 7

Citations & References

Citations do a few things for you. They protect you from plagiarism. They give proper credit to the authors whose ideas you’re quoting or paraphrasing. Finally, they are academically required. All of your professors want you to cite your work so they can go back and find where you got the ideas, quotes, etc.

Not sure how to cite stuff? Head over to the Citing Sources tab.