Avoiding Plagiarism By Citing Sources
When do you need to cite a resource you use for your research assignment? ALWAYS! Whether you use a direct quotation (author's exact words) or paraphrase it (putting the author's main ideas/points into your own expressions), you have to cite it.
Tip: Always check to see if your research assignment requires a certain type of citation style before you begin. If you're not sure, check with your professor!
More on Academic Integrity
Plagiarizing is just one example of Academic Dishonesty. Other examples include:
- Letting your work be used by other students (like uploading it to a shared site like Course Hero).
- Reusing your own paper (self-plagiarizing) for different courses.
- Inventing or fabricating evidence, sources, or citations.
In addition to being unethical, violating Academic Integrity may lead to disciplinary action. Visit the Student Code of Conduct on Academic Integrity for more details.
- The OWL Purdue's Online Writing Lab for MLA.
- Watch our MLA Playlist of videos to learn how to set up your cover page and format your paper, plus learn how to use the OWL to craft your citations.
Citation Management Tools
- BibMe Free Citation Generator
- EasyBib Free Citation Generator
- Son of Citation Machine Free Citation Generator.
- Zotero Citation Manager Free Download works in your Firefox browser to collect, manage, and cite resources for you.
- Mendeley: Free reference manager that can help you organize your research, automatically generate bibliographies & more.
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