It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
You must cite:
When in doubt, be safe and cite your source!
Citations have two components: in-text references & a Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page. This guide will help you create both types of citations for MLA 8 & APA.
Citation management tools enable researchers to capture information about research materials, create bibliographies, add footnotes, and manage research collections. Some citation management tools also make it easy to share references with other researchers.
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Plagiarism: Taking credit for someone’s intellectual work or ideas
Why Should You Care about Plagiarism?
Students can fail a class or be suspended from college if they commit plagiarism at MVC.
Professionals can be sued or lose a job if they commit plagiarism.
In American society, it is generally expected to give others credit for their work.
When Writing a Paper or Preparing for a Presentation, Ask Yourself:
Is this my idea or did the idea come from another source (like a book or website)?
Common knowledge is information that most educated people, including you, know without research. Common knowledge does not need to be cited. Facts such as a basic biography of an author, historic dates, or widely acknowledged scientific facts, do not need to be cited.
It is important to remember that common knowledge varies depending on author, audience, or discipline. What is common knowledge to a biologist is not common knowledge to an economist. Some examples of common knowledge:
Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States.
Kim Kardashian is a reality television star.
The boiling point of water is 212°F.
A quotation is a direct, word-for-word, copy from a source. Use quotations sparingly; never have your writing contain more than 25% quotations. When to use quotations:
If summarizing or paraphrasing cannot capture the essence or meaning of the text
To retain a specific or unique phrasing used by the source's author
If you are analyzing the text itself (often in English or language classes)
How to use quotations
Place quotation marks around the entire word-for-word passage, whether it's a phrase or a sentence.
Attribute with an in-text citation
If your quotation is longer, check with your citation style guide to see if additional formatting is necessary (block quotations, for example).
Academic integrity is expected and required of all students. Students and faculty are responsible and accountable for personally upholding that integrity. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty will be disciplined according to this policy.
Types of Academic Dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
When an instructor has reason to believe a student has engaged in academic dishonesty, the instructor will:
A student guilty of cheating will be subject to a penalty appropriate to the nature and seriousness of the offense. A record of all such cases will be kept in the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office. Second offenses for the same individual will be subject to a more serious penalty than the one previously imposed. The following penalties may be applied: