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Welcome to the Citation Research Guide

This guide is meant to help those looking to avoid plagarism, cite sources in papers, and create bibliographies for research papers.


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What is Plagiarism?

According to the Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, plagiarizing is the act of "copy[ing] (ideas, passages of text, etc) from someone else’s work and us[ing] them as if they were one’s own".  This can include a variety of activities such as:

  • Directly Quoting a Work Without Citing Your Source
  • Using Another's Ideas/Information Without Citing Where It Came From
  • Buying, Stealing, Borrowing A Paper
  • Copying Large Sections of Paper and Claiming it as Your Own

How Do I Avoid Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is bad and is to be avoided at all costs.  Essentially, plagiarism is considered to be an act of stealing, as you are basically taking the thoughts and ideas of another that are not your own.  Consequences for plagiarizing can include getting an automatic "F" on your paper, and in severe cases, getting kicked out of college or becoming an outcast in the academic world. 

To avoid plagiarism, you must properly cite your sources and create a bibliography for the sources you cite.  This guide will provide instruction on what you need to cite, how to cite sources in your paper, how to create a bibliography, the major differences in the citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc.), and tools and tricks available in your library to make your efforts easier.


  • Refworks
    Refworks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

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