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Section 1 Foundations of Doctoral Study / Chapter 2 Time and Tools
Not only is citing one's sources an academic requirement, doing so will save time.
Doctoral learners will be reading and becoming experts on theories, approaches, and techniques published by authors who have spent their lives enhancing the profession and academic discipline. Not only is citing one's sources an academic requirement, doing so will save time. Citing references helps to develop a better understanding of the major contributors in learners' fields of study. Maintaining a detailed reference list, segmented by topical area, will reduce the effort, complexity, and duration of drafting the reference list for the proposal and final dissertation manuscript.
Plagiarism is a serious violation. It is unethical and academically dishonest not to give appropriate credit for the ideas of others. To avoid accusations of plagiarism, identify all material that comes from somewhere else with an in-text citation that includes the author and year (e.g., Berman, 2012) and a corresponding entry in the reference list. Doctoral learners who fail to follow these requirements face disciplinary action ranging from a failing grade on an assignment to expulsion from the university.