Answered By: Katie Hutchison Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 Views: 1102
You want to cite or give credit to the originator when you use quotes, paraphrase, or summarize someone else's words or ideas OR if that information has influenced your writing.
You do not need to cite when you are writing about your own experiences or conclusions about a topic. You also do not have to cite common knowledge/facts that can be found in multiple general reference sources (examples: H20 is water, Columbus is the capital of Ohio, etc.).
If you are in doubt about whether or not to cite a source, you should cite it.