When writing papers or creating original work in any form, you must give credit to those from whom you've borrowed ideas, words or materials, even if you are paraphrasing or summarizing. Citing your sources (e.g., articles, web sites, movies, etc.) allows you to:
By properly citing your sources, you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered a serious offense at Syracuse University. The Academic Integrity Office web site includes Syracuse University's current policies and procedures for handling cases of plagiarism and other violations of academic integrity. The site also includes helpful tips for avoiding plagiarism.
Any time you use someone else's words or ideas whether you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to their work, you are required to cite the source.
Things to Cite:
What Does Not Need to be Cited: