Whenever you use another person's language, ideas, or other original content, you need to acknowledge this both within the body of your paper using in-text citations and at the end of your paper in the bibliography or reference page.
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The main reason we cite is to acknowledge the person whose ideas and research we are using. Otherwise it's stealing and stealing ideas is called plagiarizing.
Knowing when you're taking someone else's ideas is the first step to citing correctly. Then, you want to make sure that you have solid supporting evidence of your own ideas. How will your teacher determine your grade? By how well you support your ideas. By citing reliable and strong research, you demonstrate that you understand your topic and that your own ideas and research are reliable and based on good research.
How will others know what resources you used if you don't cite them? How you cite will help others find the sources that informed your ideas and research. That's how citation styles help. Whichever style you use, be consistent. If the reader can't figure out what you're citing, it's the same as not citing at all. We already know that not citing other's work is plagiarizing.
By simply thinking about these 3 main reasons for citing will help you avoid plagiarism. By noting whose ideas you are using, explaining how that supports your own thesis, and using a consistent citation format that people can track, you have avoided plagiarizing.