Because the essential function of a university is to develop and disseminate knowledge and because the creation of knowledge is a collective activity, members of a university community frequently write in response to the work of other writers. All of us – undergraduates, graduate students, and professors – acquaint ourselves with information and ideas by reading print and digital texts created by others, and we write in order to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and/or extend that body of knowledge.
University of Nebraska at Omaha, UNO Criss Library, "UNO Website: Criss Library Ethical Use of Print and Online Sources in Academic Papers" (2010). Student Learning. 88.