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Citing Sources

Writers must be credited for their work and their writing. Not to do so is to plagiarize.

Plagiarism is defined as intentionally or unintentionally using the ideas, language, or work of another without acknowledgement that such material is not one's own.

Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or otherwise refer to the work of another, you are required to cite its source. There are several common systems in use. At Otis, the most common style is MLA (which is short for Modern Language Association), but you may come across others. There are style manuals for each style that you can use.

 

Citation Formatters

Using a citation formatter is a very efficient and easy way to create citations in the appropriate format. Try these:

In addition, note that some research databases, such as ProQuest, and free online resources, such as Wikipedia, offer suggested citations in a variety of styles.

 

Citation Help

Citing Sources (Duke University)
MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue University)
MLA LibGuide (Bowling Green State Univeristy)

 

Annotations

Annotating Sources (The Otis Way)

 

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright and Fair Use
The Hoot > Otis' Plagiarism Policy (Student Handbook)
Otis' Copyright Policy