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Citing Sources

Welcome to the Citing Sources Guide! This guide will provide helpful information on the most common citation styles used at Southeastern.

Citing Sources

Why Cite Sources?

When you research for a paper or presentation, you combine the knowledge and ideas of others with your own analyses and conclusions. Citation allows you to differentiate between your ideas and those of the sources you use. Citing your sources not only gives proper credit to others and avoids plagiarism, but also establishes you as the creator of your original work.

Different fields of study use different citation styles. Check with your instructor if you are unsure about which citation style to use. This LibGuide provides information on how to cite your sources in the citation styles used most frequently at Southeastern.

Students taking English Courses: For information on Southeastern Louisiana University Department of English Style Guide consult:
The Little, Brown Handbook, Third Custom Edition for Southeastern. Authors: H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron.
 "Using MLA Documentation and Format" Chapter 47, pages 634-715.


What is Plagiarism?

According to the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Handbook:

The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase of direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes stealing and passing off the ideas and/or words of another as one's own; using a created production without crediting the source; the unacknowledged use of materials prepare by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; and/or other violations as defined by university policies (8).

Penalties for plagiarism, even accidental plagiarism, are severe. They include receiving a lower or failing grade on an assignment, failing a class, and probation, suspension, or expulsion from the university. Don't let this happen to you! If you need help with your citations, you can work with your professors, the Writing Center, and the Library.

Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

Part of being a successful student and researcher is giving proper credit to your sources and using information ethically.

The Southeastern Louisiana University Handbook defines plagiarism as follows:

The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or
unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes stealing and passing off the
ideas and/or words of another as one's
own; using a created production without crediting the source; the unacknowledged
use of materials prepared by another person or agency
engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials;
and/or violations as defined by University policies. (Southeastern Louisiana
University)

You can see that many different acts constitute plagiarism. You may also believe that the above only applies to books or journals, but it applies to all content including websites, videos, and other formats.

Penalties for plagiarism, even accidental plagiarism, are outlined in the General Catalogue under "Academic Integrity." These include lower grades on assignments, failing a class,and probation, suspension, and expulsion from the university. Don't let this happen to you; seek help from your professors, the librarians, or the tools in this LibGuide!

Plagiarism Resources

Plagiarism.org provides some helpful information on intentional and unintentional plagiarism, and on how students can avoid plagiarism by good citation.

Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services provides some helpful information on how to properly paraphrase.

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Plagiarism Resources

Online Plagiarism Resources

Avoiding Plagiarism (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Plagiarism: What it is and how to avoid it (Indiana University Bloomington)
Preventing Plagiarism when Writing (Plagiarism.org)