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Avoiding Plagiarism

Not sure what constitute plagiarism and how to avoid it? This guide provides tips, examples and exercises.

How To Cite

Different disciplines use different citation styles.  For example, for citing works in the psychology discipline, the American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used.  However, for the sociology discipline both APA and the American Sociology Association (ASA) style may be used as well.

It is important to consult your professor about the style you should use to prepare your manuscript. For graduate students and others who are preparing a manuscript for publication, make sure to consult the publisher's website for citation style information.

APA Style

MLA Style

Understanding Citation Styles

Created by Dr. Kevin deLaplante, the Chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Iowa State University, this video nicely summarizes the most common citation style formats.