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The Research Process

Why cite your sources?

If you didn't write it, you have to cite it!

Documenting the sources used in your research is important! Whether you use a direct quote from someone else's work, or paraphrase (re-write in your own words), you must give credit to the original author. Representing another author's words, thoughts, or ideas as your own is called plagiarism, and can have academic consequences. 

Other types of plagiarism include:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • turning in YOUR previous work for a new assignment
  • getting inappropriate help from a tutor (having them do your work)
  • giving incorrect information about the source of information

The infographic at the bottom of this page provides some tips for understanding and avoiding plagiarism.

APA Citation Style

There are many different types of citation styles, including APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian. At UDST, most instructors will use APA, but you should check before handing in an assignment.

For help with citing your resources, you can visit the Advanced Writing Centre in the Learning Commons (Building 3). The links below also give information on how to cite in APA style.

Click here for information on how to cite pictures and images.

Generating Citations in Summon

Avoiding Plagiarism