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Preventing Plagiarism: Academic Honesty

The goal of this guide is to help you understand plagiarism, suggest steps to avoid it, and shows the importance of giving credit by citing sources when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from sources used.

Which should I use?

Your professor will usually specify which citation style to use. If your professor does not require a specific format and allows you to choose one, be consistent.

For example, if you choose to use the APA style, then you must apply that style to your entire paper. Do not use different style formats within the same paper.

Why Cite?

By citing, you are letting your readers, including your professors, know where you got your information, ideas, or thoughts from and, at the same time, you are crediting the author for the original information.