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Citing and Plagiarism

Citing the Web & Plagiarism

Site of the Month - Understanding Copyright - Best Practices from the University of Iowa

           Citation Guides:       APA         

 Citation Guides:        MLA 

                Citation  Generators               

Copyright And The Classroom -
Information on Copyright law & Fair Use

   Plagiarism   -  Tutorials        

Purdue OWL -
An EXCELLENT writing tutorial

Thesis Generator - 
from the University of Phoenix

Understanding Plagiarism

Writing   Tutorials


Cape Fear Community College's YouTube Presentation on Plagiarism  



Here are links to tutorials and information cites that will help you understand the structure of a bibliography. For quick, template driven citation generators that create a citation for you, click on Citation Generator above. But beware, not everything fits neatly into a template. You will still need to organize your bibliography, so it's suggested you look at some of these tutorials.

APA Electronic References
This page created by the APA discusses citing electronic sources in APA format.

Chicago Turabian Documentation Site
Information on citing sources using the Chicago/Turabian style.  From a citation page posted by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 

Diane Hacker Research and Documentation Page
The online companion to the text, this site provides  the most current guidelines for documenting print and online sources for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles

Guide to Citing Sources:  From Journalism Resources by Carla Tonella, University of Iowa
Extensive links that cover citation styles and formats including archival and legal citations

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References
This site is maintained by the United States National Library of Medicine

Learning Page: Using Primary Sources The Library of Congress
An excellent teaching and learning tool for working with primary sources..

Learning Page:  Library of Congress
An excellent resource for learning about how to cite sources.  This cite has numerous hyperlinks.

Purdue University - Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format
Excellent information site discussing formatting in MLA. This site is created by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

Purdue University - Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format (Updated to 6th Edition)
Excellent information site discussing formatting in APA. This site is created by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

University of Southern Florida - MLA Works Cited - Sample Bibliographic Citations
An excellent compilation of material and sites providing information on citing many styles.  Also included here is instruction in creating annotated bibliographies.

A Writer's Practical Guide: to MLA Documentation
A site for students prepared by the Humanities Department as part of The Guide to Grammar and Writing and the Arthur C. Banks Jr. Library Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut

Citation Generator

APA Wizard "The APA Wizard is designed to help you create an APA (5th ed.) citation. It will take you through the steps for the most common types of cited works providing you with assistance on how to input specific information. As long as you enter the information correctly, the Wizard will result in a correct APA citation."

An easy to use citation generator from the Hekman Library at Calvin College,

NSCU Citiation BuiAn easy to use citation generator from lder
The easiest citation builder we have found.  This site is maintained by North Carolina State University

Son of Citation Machine
A citation generator for MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago styles. The "Citation Machine is an interactive web tool designed to assist high school, college, and university students, their teachers, and independent researchers in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties."  

Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism and BCC

Academic dishonesty of any type by a student provides grounds for disciplinary action by the college or the instructor directly involved. In written work, no material may be copied from another without quotation marks, footnotes, or appropriate documentation.

faculty page

Avoiding Plagiarism
A PDF document on avoiding plagiarism, including unintentional plagiarism, from the University of California, at Davis. Note: This could take a while to load.

Capitol Community College: Statement on Plagiarism
Useful descriptions and examples of plagiarized documents.

How to avoid plagiarism
Guidelines for attribution, examples of paraphrased, interpreted, graphic, cut and pasted and other forms of plagiarism.
"The Learning Center is designed to help educators and students develop a better sense of what plagiarism means in the information age, and to teach the planning, organizational, and citation skills essential for producing quality writing and research." This site does link to detection software which can be pricey, but the free information is still very valuable and includes definitions, citation information, printable handouts and more.

University of Maine's Plagiarism Site
Another valuable site for determining what plagiarism is.

Plagiarism Tutorials

Interactive Tutorial
An animated powerpoint presentation from San Jose Public Library that includes a quiz at the end. While this site is specific to the resources available at the San Jose Public Library, it is still very useful to anyone interested in defining and understanding plagiarism.

Is It Plagiarism?
A series of yes and no questions that you can answer helps you learn from examples.


Cape Fear Community College's YouTube Presentation on Plagiarism.  This video was created by Sea Devil TV Productions.    


Another Higher Education Produced Youtube Video
From the University of North Carolina.  This Youtube Video is being used by a number of institutions of higher education around the Country: