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This guide offers online and print resources covering Literature.


A citation is when someone uses a quotation, reference, or paraphrases words from a book, paper, magazine, or oral presentation, especially in a scholarly work. However, citing sources is important whether the information is from a source that is published or unpublished. They provide readers with the information needed in order to discover where the author's facts or ideas come from. Below are a few resources that may be helpful when citing sources.

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Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of another author's words, theories, or ideas without giving proper credit.

The best practice to avoid plagiarism is to always acknowledge the source. Here is a brief list of guidelines for when information must be cited:

  • When you use exact words or a specific phrase (quote) taken from an original source like a book, journal article, or magazine article.
  • When you rephrase an author’s ideas or information in your own words (paraphrase).
  • When you re-use tables, images, audio or videos from an original source.
  • When you use information from an interview or formal conversation with an individual.