Citing Your Sources

Want to know how to avoid plagiarism? 
Easy. Cite your sources.

Students are strongly encouraged to use The Everyday Writer. Copies are available in the ERC and in the Learning Commons, and there is also a digital version.

You may also want to try using EasyBib, an automatic bibliography and citation generator. Be sure to register on campus to access School Edition from home - includes MLA, Chicago, and APA styles!

According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means 
  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions.  You wouldn't take someone's physical property without permission.  The same standard holds true for intellectual property, such as ideas written in books and essays.  Academic honesty and integrity requires acknowledging and safeguarding another's work.  For more examples of Academic Dishonesty, please refer to the Pingree School Academic Honesty Policy.

All of the following are considered plagiarism:
  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not