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Citation Guide

This guide provides instructions on how to cite sources according to the different style manuals. Examples from MLA, APA and the Chicago style manuals are provided.

What is Plagiarism

Plagiarize \'pla-je-,riz also j - -\ vb -rized; -riz·ing vt [plagiary] :

- To steal and pass off as one's own (the ideas or words of another)

- Use (a created production) without crediting the source:

- To commit literary theft:- present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source - pla·gia·riz·er n  

FROM: Webster's Third New International Dictionary, 14th ed, (Springfield, Ma: Merriam 1965, p. 1728).

Avoid Plagiarism

Forms of Plagarism

There are two different types of Plagiarism: Deliberate Plagiarism and Accidental Plagiarism.
Deliberate Plagiarism:
  • When copying material from an already existing resource (A book, article, song, video, etc,)  and refraining from giving credit to its creator. authors, editors or compilers.
  • When copying or pasting from an online webpage without giving credit to the people/organization, etc. who are responsible for writing and posting the information on the webpage.
  • When copying, downloading or buying a paper that is not yours and using the information in it, without giving credit to the original owner.
Unintentional Plagiarism:
  • By not knowing when and how to cite.
  • By not knowing how to properly paraphrase another author's writing.
  • By confusing what is or is not considered as "common knowledge".