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When Citation is Necessary:
Generally speaking, if you are using an idea generated or developed by someone else, you must give them credit to avoid plagiarism. This applies whether you summarize, paraphrase, or quote a source. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and can result in extreme consequences for a student ranging from a zero on the plagiarized assignment to loss of scholarships, recommendations, and NCAA eligibility. In extreme cases, a student could be expelled from the university. See the Academic Honesty Policy for details. Take a plagiarism quiz to test your understanding. There are also videos available in the ACE D2L Lounge about avoiding plagiarism and integrating sources.
How to Cite - the Basics:
Make it clear where in your paper another author's ideas begin and end. This is true for summaries, paraphrasing and word-for-word quotes.
St. Martin's Handbook as a Resource
Many students own a copy of The St. Martin's Handbook - 8th edition because it is required for WRIT 101, 102, and 104. This book has a great deal of information about four of the major styles:
Online resources on the Benedictine University Library website:
APA Practice Worksheet