In a research paper, you will be drawing on the work of other writers, and you must acknowledge their contributions by citing them. In research writing, sources are cited for two reasons:
If you are unsure of when to document, ask your instructor or a Writing Center tutor. Otherwise, when in doubt, cite the source!
All information written on this page has been excerpted from the official handbook of the IUP writing center: Hacker, D. A Writer’s Reference. (2003). (5th ed.). Boston: St. Martin's.