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Information Literacy for Undergrads: Citing Sources

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

Jenkins Center

Adam Hollingshead at the Jenkins Center on the Ground Floor of Davis Library.

The Jenkins Center for Student Success offers assistance with citing resources.


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.

Parts of the Citation - Flagler College

Plagiarism Game

Goblin Threat Plagiarism Game from Lycoming College

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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.

Rio's Statement of Academic Integrity

All persons are expected to present and represent their own original work and to fully and properly credit sources of information used in the preparation of their own original work.

Davis Library Resources

Writing Center Syle Help

Computer Generated Citation Machines

Note:Computer generated citation tools might not be always correct. Be familiar with your citation manual and look for errors.

Plagerism 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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