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Cite Your Sources: Home

Learn tips and tricks for finding, creating and citing your sources!

Why Cite Your Sources? Why Citations Matter!

In scholarly writing, we are continually engaged with other people’s ideas: we read them in texts, hear them in lecture, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing. Acknowledging those authors' ideas and showing where your found them is an important element of scholarly writing.

Cite your sources to:

  • make your arguments more credible
  • show you've done your homework (i.e. your research)
  • build a foundation for your argument
  • allow your readers to find the sources for themselves

Plagiarism is using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.

To avoid plagiarism you must give credit whenever you use:     

  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory    
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;    
  • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or    
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.

End-of-Semester Drop-in Cite-Your-Sources Workshops

Bring a copy of your paper to one of our drop-in workshops and work with a Learning Center writing tutor and/or a librarian.

Mon. 11/ 30, 4-5pm
Tues. 12/1, 12:30-1:30pm
Wed. 12/2, 5-6pm
Thur. 12/3, 12:30-1:30pm
Sat. 12/5, 11am-noon
Sun. 12/6, 2-3pm
Mon. 12/7, 4-5pm
Tues. 12/8, 12:30-1:30pm
Wed. 12/9, 5-6pm
Thur. 12/10, 12:30-1:30pm

Held in the Library Workshop Center, 1st floor.

Paraphrasing and Plagiarism

Thanks to the Lehman College librarians for the use of their fantastic video explaining using other people's words and ideas.

Contact us!

Reference Librarians
Reference Desk: (718) 951-5628
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Need Writing Help

Below are the dates/times the writing tutor is available for the Fall 2015 semester. We strongly suggest you make an appointment by emailing LCLibraryTutor @

All sessions will be in room 142, on the First Floor of the Library.

Tuesday, 10/6 through Wednesday, 12/23

Tuesdays 12:00-3:00pm
Wednesdays 5:00-7:00pm
Thursdays 12:00-3:00pm