To avoid plagiarism, you will need to know how to cite the resources you are using in your paper or project. You should always cite when:
There are several ways to avoid plagiarism. You can use direct quotes from the work you are referring to, you can paraphrase another's work by using your own words, and/or you can summarize the main themes or ideas.
A direct quote reproduces words identically from a source. The text must match word for word.
Paraphrasing restates another's idea, or work in your own words while maintaining the meaning of the work.
It's also very important to cite all charts, graphs, photos, images, drawings, videos, music, and other types of media.
Common knowledge refers to commonly known facts, or information that the average reader would accept as reliable without having to research. These items do not need a citation.
A citation style is a set of formatting rules used to create your in-text citations and reference or bibliography list. There are several types, but the most common are:
Be sure to speak with you professor to know which they expect you to use for your assignments. See our guides (linked above) for additional resources and as always, ask a librarian for help if needed.