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Citations & Plagiarism Guide: Overview

Providing information about citation styles & avoiding plagiarism. Adapted with permission from the Butler University Libraries Citations Guide

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Citations Overview

When do I need to cite a source?
If you are...

  • referring to a source and stating someone else's opinions, thoughts, ideas, or research
  • using an image or media file that you did not create

When do I not need to cite a source?
If you are...

  • writing your own thoughts, ideas, and interpretations
  • expressing common knowledge

How do I refer to a source?

  • Directly quoting: using the exact words as used by the source
  • Summarizing: referring to the source's main points in your own words
  • Paraphrasing: recreating a passage of the source in your own words

All of these require a citation!

What is a research paper?

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.

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