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Citing Your Sources
What you need to stay out of trouble*
Whether you're paraphrasing or directly quoting, if something wasn't original to you, cite it!
- Avoiding Plagiarism - a short interactive lesson on copyright and plagiarism.
- Turnitin - an online service that will check your paper for plagiarism. Your instructor should be able to provide you with the account access information if they want you to use it for your assignments.
- Plagiarism.org - website that explains different types of plagiarism and offers some guidance on properly integrating information into your paper.
*Trouble as in: failing your assignment, failing your class, or being expelled altogether!
See the LSCS Student Handbook (pdf) pages 30-31 for an explanation of academic dishonesty & its consequences.
Which style guide are you using?
Citation guides are available online or in print in the library. "Formatting in Word" shows you how your overall paper should look as well as what to do in Microsoft Word to create the proper formatting with minimal effort.
Remember-- your instructor is the final authority! If they've told you to do anything differently from what's shown below, do it their way.
- Citation Guide: Chicago
- Notice that there are 2 different systems within Chicago style: Notes & Bibliography and Author-Date. Make sure you're using the one your instructor wants!
- Chicago formatting in Word
- Additional help online:
Tools to Help You
Click here to find tools to help you manage your sources as well as write your citations.