When you copy words from a source—whether it’s a dictionary, another book, someone’s blog, an online article, or even another student’s paper—you will need to properly document your research. Failure to cite a source is plagiarism. Submitting a paper WITHOUT footnotes is also plagiarism. Whether intentional or unintentional, it is still plagiarism. For a good definition of plagiarism, check out this brief article about plagiarism which provides a good definition of plagiarism by S. E. Van Bramer, Widener University. And for more information look at; “Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It” and this Liberty Youtube Videos "Avoiding Plagiarism" and "What is Plagiarism".
Help with Citing your Sources:
without “documentation” is a
defective academic work. You
MUST cite your work
using “ ” marks, or indent and
single space large quotes with properly footnotes formatted
- Quote directly, paraphrase, or summarize.
- Use an idea in your work that you obtained from somewhere else
- Refer to a point your instructor made
- Find a source on the Internet that gives you useful information
- Is not common knowledge (not everyone knows this)
NOTE: DO NOT COPY
AND PASTE ANY INFORMATION FROM ANY WEBSITE
WITHOUT PROPER “ ” MARKS AND PROPERLY
FORMATTED FOOTNOTES (go at the bottom of the
page) IN ALL PAPERS.
Here is a good way to think about citation: If you can trace the origin of your thoughts, phrases, and arguments to any source except your own mind, you need to cite it using a footnote at the bottom of the page. When in doubt, cite your source!
2) You do not need Citation when you:
- Develop an idea entirely on your own
- Do primary research and want to report the results of the study
- An idea emerges in class, but is different than what was presented
- Are talking about your paper with someone and you have an idea
- Refer to a fact that is common knowledge (most know it)
Modified Sept 11, 2019. Copyright © 2016 Electronic Christian Media