What is Plagiarism?
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "plagiarism" means:
Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism
There are several types of plagiarism ranging from direct plagiarism to copyright infringement. Here is a short list of tips to help you stay honest in your work.
Why Is It Necessary To Cite Sources?
Interesting question. As you gather resources and materials for a research paper, it is essential to acknowledge the authors whose ideas you are using to validate and add credence to your own work. List below are few reasons on why you should cite sources from the University of Albany - University Libraries.
Example of APA Citations
Listed below are few examples of the most common APA citations students will create for a Reference page or bibliography.
Print Book Citations
Basic Book Format: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Article or Chapter in an Edited Book Author,
A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
APA eBook Citation
Journal and Magazine Citations
Document from a Website
APA citation basics
When using APA format, follow the author-date method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication, and the page number for the reference (preceded by "p."). Introduce the quotation with a signal phrase that includes the author's last name followed by the date of publication in parentheses.
According to Jones (1998), "Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time" (p. 199).
Jones (1998) found "students often had difficulty using APA style" (p. 199); what implications does this have for teachers?
Summary or paraphrase
If you are paraphrasing an idea from another work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication in your in-text reference, but APA guidelines encourage you to also provide the page number (although it is not required.)
According to Jones (1998), APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners.
APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199).
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