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SW-700: Writing for Publication

Why cite sources?

  • Cite sources to distinguish your original work from others’ work.
  • Provides some information to the reader about the evidence you choose.
  • Makes it easier for your reader to find your sources if they choose to.
  • Writing is intellectual property and you need to give credit to persons who first expressed an idea.
  • Citations protect you from being accused of plagiarism.
  • Error on the side of caution: one citation too many is better than too few.

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Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

What is Plagairism?

Plagiarism is the act of using words, ideas or any information from a source other than your own knowledge. 

  • The rampant stealing of intellectual property has been fueled by the ease of cutting and pasting off the Internet
  • Stealing or using the writing or ideas of others as your own
  • Violation of copyright law
  • Examples:
    • Outright copying
    • Paraphrasing w/o attribution
    • Misquoting
    • Mixing author’s words with one’s own
    • Failing to document webpage, interview, musical score, drawing or composition.