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It's important to cite your sources, for a variety of reasons:
"If it is not your original words or ideas, give credit to the person whose words or ideas you are using," advises the UA's Dean of Students Office. Plagiarism violates the UA Code of Academic Integrity. You don't want to face these sanctions.
There are a variety of citation styles. Use the one specified by your instructor. If one isn't specified, the field of business typically uses American Psychological Association (APA) style.
These guides will help you format citations correctly:
In college courses, you're continually engaged with other people's ideas. You might read them in texts, hear them in lectures, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into your own writing. It's important that you give credit where credit is due.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is using other people's ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. It can be intentional, but you might do it without even realizing it.
There can be serious consequences for plagiarizing, from getting a zero on a paper to a full-blown lawsuit. But, don't worry! We'll help you learn what needs to be cited and how to avoid plagiarism.
To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you:
Quoting is copying the exact words from a source. This is fine as long as you place quotations around the passage you're quoting and properly cite the source.
Be sure to:
Paraphrasing is restating a passage from a source in your own words. Being able to recognize the differences between acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing will help you avoid unintentional plagiarism.
Be sure to:
Whether you're paraphrasing, summarizing, or quoting, you need to cite your sources whenever you use any research, words, or ideas that aren't your own. The only things you don't need to cite are information that's considered common knowledge and your own original research, words, or ideas.
Also, make a bibliography at the end of your paper that lists all the sources you used.
Think Tank Writing Center
Go to the Writing Center at the Think Tank to get help with your papers and writing.
Writing Skills Improvement Program
Register for this program to schedule tutoring sessions and improve your writing skills.
University of Arizona Libraries Avoiding Plagiarism
More examples and resources are available through the UA Libraries website