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Why is it necessary to cite sources?
Fundamentally, we cite our sources because information is the intellectual property of the creator and we need to give them credit for their work. If we don't, that's called resource on avoiding plagiarism- and it is theft.
For American legal research, you will use the Bluebook for citation. Below are a list of tools to help you learn this style.
COPYRIGHT & FAIR USE
Copyright gives the owner of a work exclusive rights to that work. Exceptions to this include items in the public domain, items with Creative Commons licenses, and items used under fair use.
Remember, failure to follow the guidelines of copyright, public domain, Creative Commons, and fair use is called plagiarism.
See UW-Superior's resource on Copyright & Fair Use to learn more.