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: LS is set up to use Noodletools through Google Apps for Education. For this reason, you must login through the L-S Library website or through your L-S Google account. Need more help? See Ms. King or Ms. Myers.
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.
For more tips to properly take notes and avoid plagiarism, check out these resources: