There are a few concepts that help explain the importance of citation in assignments:
When you do research on a topic, you are engaging with others' research and ideas through articles, lectures, interviews, etc. Often that research and those ideas are also built on the work of others who are engaged in creating new knowledge in this field of study. By citing your sources, you are providing the thread that connect various participants in, and contributing to, a broader continually evolving conversation.
It is important to give credit to others' for their ideas. Intellectual property has both legal and social elements that are defined by the context in which it is used. In the context of higher education in North America, others' information is valued and should be properly attributed as a principle of academic honesty.
You get your research assignment from your professor and they require that you cite your sources. Maybe they want you to use APA or MLA, or some
Your instructor should specify which citation style to use for written assignments, presentations, etc. The following table outlines citation style preferences by field of study:
|Program Cluster||Citation Style||Programs|
|Culinary||APA||ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN CULINARY ARTS & RESTAURANT OWNERSHIP; CERTIFICATE IN BAKING & PASTRY ARTS - LEVEL 1; CERTIFICATE IN CULINARY ARTS - LEVEL 1; DIPLOMA IN BAKING & PASTRY ARTS; DIPLOMA IN CULINARY ARTS; DIPLOMA IN CULINARY ARTS WITH CO-OP; DIPLOMA IN HOSPITALITY & RESTAURANT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT|
|Graphic Design & Photography||MLA||BACHELOR OF DESIGN IN GRAPHIC DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY; DIPLOMA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN & FOUNDATION FOR DESIGN|
|Fashion||APA||BACHELOR OF FASHION DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN FASHION DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN FASHION MARKETING|
|Game||APA||BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GAME PROGRAMMING; DIPLOMA IN GAME ART & DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN VISUAL & GAME PROGRAMMING|
|Interior Design||APA||BACHELOR OF APPLIED DESIGN IN INTERIOR DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN|
|Media Arts||MLA||DIPLOMA IN 3D MODELING FOR ANIMATION & GAMES; DIPLOMA IN ANIMATION ART & DESIGN; DIPLOMA IN DIGITAL FILM & VIDEO; DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL RECORDING ARTS; DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL RECORDING ARTS (LIPA); DIPLOMA IN VFX FOR FILM & TELEVISION|
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