In the library, we talk about the importance of source attribution. Giving credit to your sources (words, pictures, media, etc.) is crucial; if you didn't say it, create it, or write it yourself, you need to give credit to the person who did. If you don't, you are committing intellectual property theft. This can be split into two forms: plagiarism, which is an ethical issue, and copyright, which is a legal issue.
Aside from the ethical and legal repercussions of failing to properly attribute a source, however, sometimes those improperly cited words are just plain...wrong. As in, the person cited as the author of a quote never said those words. It happens all the time, and it needs to stop. Don't be that guy--check out your sources before you pass those inspiring thoughts along! Read more here:
About Mrs. Stern
WRHS Library Director