You’ve watched a movie. You loved the soundtrack.
You wait through the credits to learn the music titles
and performers. Why? Are you checking for plagiarism? Copyright infringement? No. You simply want to know.
You’re seeking information.
Citing is not merely a way to avoid the dreaded penalties of plagiarism. It is the honest way to present our work and the work of others. It is, most simply, how we help each other find information in this world.
- To give credit where credit is due. That's only fair.
- To help others build on our work by going back to our sources. We're making a road map for others to follow.
Use MLA to cite databases, books, and websites.
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