Writing a successful research paper requires referencing other materials that both support and contradict your theories. This required reading literature which supports both sides of your argument is part of becoming informed with the breadth of the field. Academic conversations are qualified through “balanced” presentation. By using references and quotations in your paper, you provide proof of your knowledge and its legitimacy. Quotes also provide variety to your writing, breaking up your thoughts and boosting your arguments.
While writing, quotations allow you to add your thoughts to an ongoing conversation (among researchers) on a specific topic, providing additional ideas.
There are several instances that require you to use reference materials.
Include an add-in sentence that introduces and/or explains your quote, to provide your reader with context and interpretation, as necessary.
Plagiarizing (not appropriately crediting someone else’s words or ideas by using in-text citations, or re-using your own words or ideas from a different class) is considered a form of cheating by most universities because you are not acknowledging other’s original ideas. Most colleges and universities have strict policies. This violation of academic integrity could result in severe punishment by failing your class, academic suspension, or even expulsion.