When the author of a specific quote or idea is not given proper credit your paper is considered plagiarized. To avoid plagiarism make sure to cite any words or ideas that are not your own. For more information about your responsibilities, see LSCC's Academic Integrity Policy.
Citations include information like the author and title of the source, which helps the reader go back to the original source. Style guides are sets of standards used for creating citations. Using these guides helps you avoid plagiarism.
Modern Language Association (MLA) (Tutorials)
The citation guides and sample papers were created using the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th edition (specifically the formatting guidelines on pages 115-122 of the handbook).
American Psychological Association (APA) (Tutorials)
APA style is often used in Nursing, Psychology, Education, and Criminal Justice courses. The citation guide was created using the American Psychological Association Manual of Style 6th edition.
- APA Citation Guide (PDF)
- APA Style sample papers are available through APA's website. Students should verify any deviation from this style with their instructor, especially when using any other style guides (such as The Little, Brown Handbook).
Other Citation Styles
Some disciplines use other citation styles. If available, the examples are from the style's official website, other examples are from Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker.
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