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Citations: Overview

The Purpose and Importance of Citations

Citations serve an important purpose in academia for many reasons. Four of the most obvious and widely accepted reasons are the following:

  • A citation serves as an acknowledgement of work essential to your research and academic growth.
  • A citation serves as an indicator to others of your resource’s location in academia.
  • A citation serves as recognition of someone else’s ideas and thoughts.
  • A citation serves as a means to trace the history of knowledge and the evolution of ideas. 

As a Soka student, you work hard to brainstorm, research, write, and produce quality academic work. You would not want somebody else to steal your hard work and present it as their own. This is why it is necessary to cite your sources, so you are not the individual stealing someone else’s ideas and presenting them as your own. When in doubt, give the author a shout out – cite it! 

SUA Writing Center

The Writing Center is an academic resource available to all members of the SUA community and to writers of all levels. Its primary mission is to develop communicative skills, engage students in dialogical thinking, and provide writing instruction in alignment with American academic standards.

Writing Specialists, who hold professional degrees and are experienced instructors, assist students to become self-reliant and critical learners, thinkers, readers, listeners, and writers. Writing Specialists work with students in 20-minute one-on-one tutorials and also in group workshops tailored for specific purposes. To schedule an appointment with a Writing Specialist or to sign up for a workshop, please visit the Online Scheduler or simply visit the Writing Center.

For more information, please contact SUA Writing CenterTel: 949-480-4060, Location: Ikeda 214