It's not required to annoy you, we promise! Citations are a critical component of proper academic work. Why?
As defined by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, to plagiarize is:
"to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source."
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.
For more information about avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation, use one of the links below:
For more help visit our Citation Guide.