Citing sources - giving credit to those from whom you've borrowed ideas, words or materials - includes knowing when to cite, understanding style guides, and making use of available tools. For more information on how citing fits into the research process, see Research Process: Getting Started.
By properly citing your sources, you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered a serious offense at Syracuse University. The Academic Integrity Office website includes SU'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.