Citation & Plagiarism
Citation & Plagiarism Definitions
Citation means crediting information and ideas that you used in your research and writing.
Citations tell your readers about the source of your information - where you found it and who originally said or wrote it.
In addition to giving credit to the source, your citation allows your readers to find and investigate your 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 is considered theft and a breach of academic integrity.
Most plagiarism can be avoided by citing your sources.
AVOIDING PLAGIARISM in 2 steps (you must do BOTH):
Rewrite (paraphrase) ideas from the source by changing words AND sentence structure, or providing a direct quotation.
Give credit to the author/source (you must do this even if you paraphrase or summarize).
Notetaking & Avoiding Plagiarism (slides & handouts)
MLA Citation Help / Examples
MLA GENERAL HELP
Citation Examples: Book, film, website, government publication, tweet, email, etc. (Michigan University)
MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics (Purdue OWL)
Footnotes & in-Text Citation (4 slides)
MLA SPECIAL SOURCE TYPES
Legal & Legislative Sources: