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Patents and Trademarks

Patent & Trademark basic information, databases, links for legal and status information

Why is citing important?

There are several reasons why it is important to cite:

  • It is important to give the proper credit to the person or group who spent the time researching and writing in order to provide that information.
  • This allows your instructor (and maybe one day the reader of your article!) to find the source later if she wants to read it herself.
  • Citing experts gives credibility to the argument of your paper.
  • Indicates that you did a thorough job researching your topic.

APA Style Manual

MLA Style Manual

Citing at the University of Maryland