Citation is the act of giving credit for information and ideas from others that you used in your research and writing.
Providing information to your readers about your sources gives credit for ideas that influenced your thinking
and also allows others to find and investigate those sources.
Plagiarism is defined as using, closely imitating, or passing off the ideas and words of others as your own.
Even if your plagiarism of another’s work is unintentional, it still constitutes theft and is considered a breach of academic integrity.
Most plagiarism can be avoided by citing your sources.
BibMe (for APA citations)
Scrible (Google Chrome extension / toolbar)
NoodleTools NOTE: NoodleTools must be accessed via the L-S Library website or your L-S Google account. For help, see Ms. King or Ms. Myers.
How to do Footnotes & in-Text Citation (4 slides)
There are 2 significant aspects of avoiding plagiarism; you must do BOTH:
Rewrite (paraphrase) ideas from the source material by changing both words and sentence structure, or provide a direct quotation.
Give credit to the author/source, even if you paraphrase or summarize ideas.
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