Give credit where credit is due; cite your sources.
Citing or documenting the sources used in your research serves two purposes. Doing so gives proper credit to the authors of the materials use, and it allows those who are reading your work to duplicate your research and locate sources that you have listed as references.
Knowingly representing the work of others as your own is plagiarism. Be sure you've read the CCCOnline Academic Integrity Policy found in the Student Handbook.
So, what do you do to avoid plagiarism?
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- Every time you take information from a source and quote, paraphrase or summarize it in the text of your paper, you should give credit to the source it came from.
- In your paper, you should include an in-text citation after the quote, paraphrase or summary, and you should also include a complete citation in the list of sources you include at the end of your paper.
- There are as many different citation styles as there are academic fields. The most common ones are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago/Turabian, and CSE (Council of Science Editors) style
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