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Faculty, visit our web page on Preventing Plagiarism.


    Citation Style Guides

    Properly citing resources is key to avoiding plagiarism. Follow the links below to find the appropriate style guide for your class. Remember, even if you put an idea in your own words, you must cite the original author.

    Citation Management

    • Mendeley
      A free web-based citation management system. Download and install software to track citations and create bibliographies. Requires registration.
    • Zotero  
      A free citation management system, use with your browser to track citations and create bibliographies. Requires registration.

    What is Plagiarism?

    Plagiarism is using other people's ideas or words as your own without properly giving credit to the original author. Oftentimes, plagiarism is unintentional.

    What is unintentional plagiarism?

    • Using ideas, quotes, or paraphrasing from the original text without citing the source.
    • Paraphrasing a portion of the original text using the same sentence structure.
    • Paraphrasing a portion of the original text using words that are not your own.

    What can you do to avoid unintentional plagiarism?

    • Become familiar with appropriate citation styles.
    • Try using Zotero or Mendeley to keep track of the resources you're using.
    • Not sure if you've fully processed an idea? Ask your professor, a writing tutor, or a librarian.

      Library Resources

      Cover Art
      Stop Plagiarism - Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic; Katie Elson Anderson
      Call Number: PN167 .S76 2010
      ISBN: 1555707165
      Publication Date: 2010-08-01

      Cover Art
      Doing Honest Work in College - Charles Lipson
      Call Number: PN171 .F56 L56 2008
      ISBN: 0226484777
      Publication Date: 2008-04-15

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