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To Cite Or Not To Cite
By the Tavistock and Portman Library
Should you
cite this
in your essay?
Is it someone else’s idea or theory?
Cite it!
Is it someone else’s idea or theory?
Is it a direct quote?
Cite it, mention the page
number, and place double
quotation marks around the text.
Is it a direct quote?
Is it a paraphrase?
Cite it!
Is it a paraphrase?
Is it common knowledge?
If it’s common knowledge
in your subject area
then you don’t need to cite it.
Is it common knowledge?
Is it your own
thoughts?
You don’t need
to cite it…
Is it your own
thoughts?
You don’t need
to cite it…
Is it your own
thoughts?
… except if
you’ve published
it somewhere
before!
Still
not sure?
Still
not sure?
When in doubt, if
there is something
you could cite,
just cite it!
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Find out if you should cite a document or not when writing an essay. Hint: if in doubt, just cite it!

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To Cite Or Not To Cite

  1. 1. To Cite Or Not To Cite By the Tavistock and Portman Library
  2. 2. Should you cite this in your essay?
  3. 3. Is it someone else’s idea or theory?
  4. 4. Cite it! Is it someone else’s idea or theory?
  5. 5. Is it a direct quote?
  6. 6. Cite it, mention the page number, and place double quotation marks around the text. Is it a direct quote?
  7. 7. Is it a paraphrase?
  8. 8. Cite it! Is it a paraphrase?
  9. 9. Is it common knowledge?
  10. 10. If it’s common knowledge in your subject area then you don’t need to cite it. Is it common knowledge?
  11. 11. Is it your own thoughts?
  12. 12. You don’t need to cite it… Is it your own thoughts?
  13. 13. You don’t need to cite it… Is it your own thoughts? … except if you’ve published it somewhere before!
  14. 14. Still not sure?
  15. 15. Still not sure? When in doubt, if there is something you could cite, just cite it!

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