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Citation Help

Why should I bother to include citations in my research papers?

  • To give credit to authors/creators used
  • To lend credibility to your work
  • To help readers locate sources papers, projects, and speeches

When is it necessary to cite a source?

When quoting or paraphrasing someone else’s ideas to avoid plagiarism

What exactly is plagiarism anyway?

Presenting someone else’s ideas, words or material as your own

What does it mean if a source is “in the public domain”?

The source can be used freely by anyone.

What is it called when copyrighted works can be used for teaching, research, and other educational purposes?

“Fair Use”

Do I need to cite “fair use” sources?

Yes, always!

Which types of sources need citations?

All types: books and articles, interviews and speeches, government documents, reports, pamphlets, non-print media (videos, CDs, music) and computer software

Which style manuals are most commonly used at ESCC?

MLA style is required most often.  APA style is used occasionally.

Where can my friends and I go for help on citing sources?

  • Ask your instructor or Library staff for help.
  • Check to see if the databases provide accurate citations.
  • Look under database HELP tabs.
  • Ask at the Circulation Desk for manuals and handbooks.

More Citation Help

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The Owl at Perdue

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