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Citation Guidelines


Why cite? 

  • Gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not) 
  • Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted 
  • Provides evidence of your research 
  • Protects you from accusations of plagiarism 
  • No one can say you stole or copied ideas from someone else

Tips to help you avoid plagiarizing: 

  • Never cut and paste 
  • Always cite sources
     o   All words quoted directly from another source
          o   All ideas paraphrased from a source
          o   All ideas borrowed from another source: statistics, graphs    
All ideas or materials taken from the Internet, including images
  • Use these tutorials to help you take proper notes from your sources:
          o   Note taking tutorial

The citation styles most commonly used:

  • American Psychological Association Style (APA) - the most common style in the sciences and social sciences (economics, psychology, education, sociology, etc.)
  • Chicago (or Turabian) Style - commonly used in the humanities (history, philosophy, etc.)
  • Modern Language Association Style (MLA) - used in English and in some other disciplines in the humanities 




Photo credits:

Messitt, Maggie. "Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism | Learnist." Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism | Learnist. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.
Venosdale, Krissy "Don’t Just Copy. Do the Right Thing." Venspired. N.p., 2015. Web. 17 July. 2015.