6 Why use sources?


All information comes from somewhere. In academia we acknowledge the source of our information for a number of reasons, including to:

  • Acknowledge the contributions others have had on our learning
  • Avoid plagiarism (breaking law/protocol)
  • Provide deeper learning opportunities for readers
  • Allow others to check our work
  • Connect or situate our work within a discipline of study
  • Add credibility to our thoughts (assuming our sources are credible – more about that later)
Why use sources? A diagram.



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