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Style Guides & Citing Sources

Use this guide to identify books, websites, social media feeds, and citation management programs to help you follow the correct style, including correct citation formats, for your classes.

Don't Let This Happen to You


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What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas without giving credit to the source. Many students plagiarize unintentionally, so make sure you know that plagiarism happens whether you use someone else's exact words, paraphrase them, or summarize them. In higher education, plagiarism can lead to a failed grade or worse; in real life, it can lead to a damaged reputation or a job loss.

See our guide Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism for more detailed information.

For additional online resources, see Using Research  from the Purdue OWL, especially the sections titled Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing and Plagiarism FAQ.


Selected Books About Plagiarism