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The best way to avoid plagiarism? Cite your sources!

Citations: the Key to Avoiding Plagiarism

You can avoid plagiarism by citing your sources. A citation is a reference to a work that you have used to provide information in your paper.  Be sure to provide full citations to all types of sources you use, including: 

  • Books
  • Government documents
  • Internet sources
  • Interviews
  • Magazine or journal articles
  • Plagiarism media (videotapes, audiotapes, pictures, and images)
  • Software

When should I cite?

When Should I Cite??

Bottom line, you should cite any time you are giving ideas that are not your own

Despite what you may think, it's perfectly fine to present an idea in a paper that isn't yours in order to support your own thoughts/ideas or arguments. Just be sure to acknowledge who came up with the idea, and where you found the source by using an in-text citation and the complete source information in the bibliography.

In fact, professors like when you cite others ideas because it shows that you put thought into your paper and you researched the topic thoroughly!