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Basic Research and Citation Guide

Citations and Plagiarism

In western culture, our words and ideas are considered intellectual property and cannot be used by others without permission. You commit plagiarism when you use another person's words or ideas without crediting them, which is a serious academic offense that could get you dismissed from school. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources and cite them properly. Click on the links below to learn more about citations.


What is a Citation? 

Why Cite? 

What to Cite? 

How to Cite? 


Click the links below or the expanded menu to learn more about plagiarism or a specific citation style.

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