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The "Citation Styles" tab inside this guide will connect you to resources for citing sources in APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, AMA, ACS, and IEEE formats.

This guide also contains information on tools you can use to generate citations or create a bibliography.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of another author's words, theories, or ideas without giving proper credit.

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The best practice to avoid plagiarism is to give credit where credit is due. Here is a brief list of guidelines for when information must be cited:

  • When you use exact words or a specific phrase taken from an original source like a book, journal article, or magazine article.
  • When you rephrase an author’s ideas or information in your own words (paraphrase).
  • When you re-use tables, images, audio or videos from an original source.
  • When you use information from an interview or formal conversation with an individual.

Always take a few minutes when you proofread your papers to check for common mistakes that can lead to plagiarism. Here’s a short checklist:

checkDoes every direct quotation have a source citation?

checkDoes every paraphrase or summary have a source citation?

checkDoes every image, table, or other visual materials have a source citation?

checkDoes your list of works cited include all the sources used in your paper?


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