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The following websites explain paraphrasing and summarizing. These sites include examples of proper ways to paraphrase.
Plagiarism is defined as the act of copying, stealing, or representing the ideas or words of another as one's own, without giving credit to the source.
To avoid committing plagiarism, cite all of your sources properly according to the rules of the specific citation styles your professors require. Three of the most commonly used citation styles are:
No. If something is common knowledge (it can be found in many different sources and is a well known fact) it does not need to be cited. The following are common examples of common knowledge:
In an annotated bibliography each citation is followed by a brief note (or annotation) that describes and evaluates the source.
A Bibliography is a list of citations that appears at the end of a paper. It is referred to as a "works cited" list in MLA and a list of "references" in APA.
A citation provides all the information a person needs to locate a particular source. Basic citation information for a journal article consists of author or editor name, title of article, title of journal, volume and issue number and the date.
The citation style dicatates how the information will be formatted.
In-text citations provide enough information to correspond to the works cited or reference list. It generally requires the page number to show exactly where the information is located.
A paraphrase is a rewording of another writer's text, explanation, argument, or narrative.
A Reference list is a citation lists of works referenced in the papes in APA format.
Condensing another person’s words so that you present the basics of what has been said.
A works cited list is a citation lists of works referenced in the paper in MLA format.
Purdue OWL Quick Reference Posters
Citation Resource Websites:
There are several tools available to assist you in creating your works cited or reference list. Keep in mind that most of these tools you must input the information using the proper capitalization rules.
Use NoodleTools to create your References or Works Cited page in APA, MLA or Chicago / Turabian format.
Refer to the following help guides for additional information
Microsoft Word has a citation generator located under the "References" tab.
For help in using this feature for the 2013/2016 versions, read the Microsoft Article here.
For help in using this feature for the 2007/2010 versions, read the Microsoft Article here.
Free Citation Tools
The following tools are free to use, but you need to sign up and create an account for each.
Zotero (APA, MLA, Chicago, plus many more)
EndNote WEB (APA, MLA, Chicago, plus many more) Free version