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GPA Senior Capstone Project: Cite Resources

Citing Resources

The bibliography or list of works cited at the end of your research paper is an acknowledgment of the sources of information you used. Sources of information might include books, magazine or journal articles, or interviews.

What is Plagiarism?

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is simply using someone's work and not acknowledging or giving credit to the original author(s).

I am plagiarizing if I:

  • Intentionally duplicate or copy another person's work including copying directly from an article, book, or website
  • Copy another student's assignment(s)
  • Paraphrase another person's work, while making only minor changes and not changing the meaning or ideas presented by the original author(s)
  • Copy sections of another person's work and piece these sections together to create a new whole
  • Turn in an assignment that has been previously submitted for assessment and then take credit for the assignment
  • Turn in an assignment as independent work when the assignment was produced in whole or part in collusion with another student(s), tutor(s), or person(s)

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The word documentation means that you have added two elements to your paper:

                                Citation of Sources

                                List of Work Cited


When you give citations in a paper, you tell specifically where you got a piece of information – in other words, the source you used


You must acknowledge in your paper the source of

·         A direct quotation

·         A statistic

·         An idea

·         Someone else’s opinion

·         Concrete facts

·         Information taken from a computer

·         Illustrations, photographs, or charts – if not your own

·         Information not commonly known

Even if you paraphrase (put someone else’s words into your own word) or summarize (condense someone else’s words or ideas), you still must acknowledge the source of information!

If a fact is common knowledge (i.e. George Washington was the first president), you don’t have to give your source. 

For assistance with in text citations and formatting a work cited page, utilize the following websites: