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Why Citing Your Work Is So Important

You already know that media, like movies and music, are protected by copyright. That is, it is illegal to download or copy them without permission from the copyright owners.

Other forms of media are also protected in this way. Articles, newspaper stories, and even Internet blog posts are considered to be the property of the authors. You may use information provided in these written formats, but you must give credit to the original authors when you do so.

For your university assignments, you give credit to other authors by citing their work or ideas when you use them.

If you do not properly cite the original author(s) of information within your own work, you are committing plagiarism.


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