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Ms. Scott's LibGuide (Southshore): Acknowledging your sources

This LibGuide has been created for Ms. Scott's ENC 1102 and LIT 2000.

10 Types of Plagiarism


WHITE PAPER The Plagiarism Spectrum. Turnitin, 2016, Turnitin_WhitePaper_PlagiarismSpectrum.pdf. 

Plagiarism Can Be Avoided in 3 Steps!

As for this class, plagiarism can be avoided in three steps:

1. Use sources correctly - it doesn't matter if you paraphrase, summarize or quote.  Just make sure that you are formatting your use of sources correctly. The next page covers how to summarize, paraphrase and quote. 

2. Cite your source - it doesn't matter if you summarize, paraphrase or quote; if it's not your idea, there needs to be an acknowledgment of whose idea it is inside the text of your writing. Again, information on this is on the next page.  

3. Create a Work Cited Entry -  this is material that is covered later in this mini-module, but is necessary for every source you use in the class. 

Why is it important to do this extra work?

Well, according to the Integrity Code at Princeton University, "there are a variety of reasons for acknowledging the sources upon which you have built your own work. [Here] are the key reasons: 

  • To distinguish your own work from that of your sources. 

  • To receive credit for the research you’ve done on a project. 

  • To establish the credibility and authority of your knowledge and ideas. 

  • To place your own ideas in context, locating your work in the larger intellectual conversation about your topic. 

  • To permit your reader to pursue your topic further by reading more about it. 

  • To permit your reader to check on your use of source material." 

"In all of these reasons, the essential element is intellectual honesty" 

Citing Sources....