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Citation and Plagiarism

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Academic Integrity

Even if you cite your work correctly, you need to be aware of how not to plagiarize. The Council of Writing Program Administrators has prepared a definition of plagiarism:

In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source.

Defending and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices. Council of Writing Program Administrators. Retrieved August 6, 2015

Reference Management Tools

Alternatively you can use reference management tools but be prepared to invest time in learning to use it. Some tools are free, but some are not. A free basic system is Mendeley and an open source alternative is Zotero. If you are prepared to pay, then you have a broader range of choices with:

  • ProCite
  • EndNote
  • Reference Manager
  • RefWorks BibTeX 

The Virtual Librarians do not use any of these reference management tools and therefore are not able to advise or support in their acquisition or use.

Turnitin

Improve your writing with Turnitin!

To access Turnitin:
  • contact your instructor for the class password
  • know your class ID number
  • visit turnitin.com 

What is Plagiarism?

Paul Robeson Library (2007, November 13). What is Plagiarism? (Part 1 of 3) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/4P05vgxDoPU.

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