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NoodleTools is an online tool that helps you create citations and reference lists step-by-step. Try it, you'll like it!
The CSM Librarians created detailed guides on how to cite.
At the very least compare citing to "assist" in soccer (or another sport): record is kept (statistics) and rewards follow (recognition, remuneration..)
Try thinking about it also in terms of fairness and replicability.
See a couple of short videos on the subject of citing:
Plagiarism, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, is " the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one’s own". College of San Mateo has an explicit policy about plagiarism (see link below). Citing and plagiarism are linked. Follow the links below to learn what do you know about plagiarism so far.
All the exercises above were created by Cardiff University Library Service
Additional guides with examples.
A reminder: CSM library databases contain citations to all the articles available there...just look for the "cite" or "email" on the search results pages!