This guide presents selected resources to help you with citing sources.
When writing a paper, it is extremely important to give credit when using information from books, magazine and journal articles, websites, and other information resources through a bibliography, works cited page, or footnotes. A number of citation styles have been created for use in different fields of study such as MLA, APA, Chicago Style, ACS, and others. Check with your instructor if you are unsure about which citation style to use. The above tabs will provide information on how to cite your sources in a bibliography or works cited page using the citation styles used most frequently at Southeastern.
The Little, Brown Handbook, Third Custom Edition for Southeastern. Authors: H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron.
The following website from Duke University provides helpful information on citing sources within a paper and preparing a list of works cited in five different citation styles: APA, Chicago, MLA, Turabian, and CSE.
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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unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.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.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.