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Library Orientation: Citing Your Sources

What is Plagiarism?

According to The New Oxford American English Dictionary 1, the word "Plagiarism" originates from the Latin word for kidnapper and refers to the "practice of taking else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own." Obviously, cutting and pasting from internet documents, or buying a paper from an online "paper mill" are examples of plagiarism. However, so is improperly citing ones sources. We've put together this collection of resources to help you avoid plagiarism.

1 "plagiarism n."  The New Oxford American Dictionary, second edition. Ed. Erin McKean. Oxford University Press, 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Vanderbilt University.  18 May 2009.

For additional information, please see our research guide titled Plagiarism, Citation, Copyright and Fair Use.

The Importance of Citing

Increase your credibility and the strength of your business proposals and ideas by citing other sources and industry experts. There are standard formats for citing sources that enable others to find the information that you are referencing.

Details on how to:

How will using this information help me?

  • Will give you visual examples of properly cited PowerPoint slides
  • Will show you examples of citation formats for your bibliography
  • Will link to more in-depth Citation Formats.

Why do I need to cite information sources?

  • To give more credibility to the information you present by referencing expert opinions, ideas, and facts
  • To allow your reader to look for more in-depth information on your presentation
  • To avoid plagiarism and U.S. Copyright Law violation by giving credit to the work of others
  • To uphold the Owen Graduate School of Management Honor Code.

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