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Academic scholarship is built on presenting factual information. Facts help distinguish between what is "opinion" and what is "credible." Your professors will often require you to present an essay with citations that will anchor your burgeoning academic work.
Citations will allow you to:
Demonstrate a trail of evidence that supports your thesis/claim/argument.
Show your professor how to find the evidence quickly and efficiently.
Protect intellectual property rights.
When should you cite?:
Direct Quotations: When you use the author’s exact words
Paraphrasing: When you summarize someone else’s words or ideas
Facts: When you mention somethingthat is not common knowledge
Images: When you use pictures, charts, and graphics that someone else created in a presentation
Adapted from City College of San Francisco "Citing Sources" Libguide
As a Napa Valley College student, you have access to an online citation generator called Noodletools. Make fast easy citations by logging in and creating new projects.