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Information Literacy for Undergrads

Advice and Best Practices to Insure Obtaining and Using the Best Resources Available.

Why Cite?

To avoid plagiarism, any information hat comes from another source, including books, journal articles, databases, or websites, must be cited according to the style guide specified by theinstructor.

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Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else's work and ideas off as your own.  If you use information from a source other then yourself and you don't give that source credit, then you are guilty of plagiarism.  This includes rewriting an idea in your own words, paraphrasing, quoting and many other things that you might do while writing an academic paper. 

Citing your sources is the key to avoiding plagairism. If you aren't sure if you need to cite a source, ask for help.  

When In Doubt: Cite It!

APA Style

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences.

MLA Style

The Modern Language Association (MLA) style is a system for documenting sources in scholarly writing.

Plagiarism Game

Goblin Threat Plagiarism Game from Lycoming College


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Plagiarism Checkers

Plagiarism is the act of taking another individual's work and using it as your own. Anytime you paraphrase, summarize, or take words, phrases, or sentences from another individual's work, it is good idea to indicate the source of the information in your paper as an internal citation. It is not enough to just list the source in a bibliography at the end of your paper. Failing to properly quote, cite or acknowledge someone else's words or ideas with an internal citation is plagiarism. It is very important to give credit to an individual's work by citing the work. Plagiarism is violating the U.S. Copyright Law. Such a breach of the U.S. Copyright Law can result in a disciplinary action or legal action against an individual committing the offense.

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