When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must cite the sources you use to:
Give credit to the author or creator.
Enable a reader to locate the sources you cited.
Demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of your information.
Show the amount of research you’ve done.
Strengthen your work by lending outside support to your ideas.
If you use ideas of others and present them as your own without citing these references, you are committing plagiarism, which is subject to disciplinary actions ranging from warnings and a failing grade to being expelled from the college. (See the Reynolds Student Handbook, Policy No. 1-34: Academic Honesty, starting on page 119)