Simply put, plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of other people’s ideas or work. Plagiarism occurs when you:
The above information was adapted from the SFU Library.
To avoid plagiarism, cite all sources. This means you must credit your sources by using in-text citations and a bibliography.
When you research a topic you may use information from articles, books, or the Web to support your ideas. However, in order to avoid plagiarism, you must credit the original authors of these sources by citing them.
To cite means that you state where you found the information so that others can find the exact item again. In this way, we build upon the ideas and knowledge of other people.
Each style includes the same basic parts of a citation. These parts may be organized differently for each style.
For a book:
For a journal article:
For a website:
Tips for researching and citing:
Cite the following:
Newspaper & Magazine Articles*
Images & Art
Do not cite the following:
Search engines (like Google, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
Images found using a search engine (use the Internet address or URL only, not the search engine link)
*FYI: You will access articles that are part of either an on-line database (LearnAB) or an Internet website.
There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. The style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your teacher.
RDP's guide to using the 6th edition of APA style.
RDP's guide to using the 7th edition of APA style.