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When you "cite" a source you are showing, within the body of your text, that you took the words or ideas from another place.
|You also are providing a way for the reader (your professor) to locate the sources you relied on in your research.|
Failure to acknowledge these sources can be considered plagiarism.
|Remember that for whatever style you chose (in consultation with your professor), pay attention to the details and be consistent. Incorrect citations are just as bad as no citations at all!|
The style guides highlighted below are the most commonly used style guides you may encounter in academic writing.
Consult your professor before selecting a style guide for your assignments.
Regardless of your intent, each of the following constitutes plagiarism:
Direct Plagiarism -- including a verbatim quotation without a proper citation
Paraphrasing without a citation...passing off the ideas of others as your own
The inclusion of graphics, tables, charts or web pages without proper acknowledgement
Double dipping -- turning in the same paper for more than one class
See the "Citing Your Sources" Tab for more information about how to credit your sources.
Some tips to help you avoid accidental plagiarism include:
Start your research early -- procrastination can lead to last minute stress & sloppy work
Keep notes or a bibliography of the sources you consult as you go -- it is easier than reconstructing it at the end.
Visit the Writing Studio for help on incorporating your evidence & sources into your paper.