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EPD 710-Current Research in Design: Citing Sources

Resource guide for PhD students

Avoiding Plagiarism

Interactive video on plagiarism 
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Avoiding Plagiarism 
-The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

What is Plagiarism?

What is plagiarism?

As a scholar or student at Arizona State University, you are expected to adhere to a set of guidelines as set out in the ASU Academic Integrity Policy. This policy states the following:

Plagiarism" means using another's words, ideas, materials or work without properly acknowledging and documenting the source.  Students are responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work or materials and for acknowledging and documenting the source appropriately."(Source: Academic Integrity Policy)

Sanctions that may result from plagiarism in your work can range from failure of the assignment or class to suspension or expulsion from the School.

What Isn't Plagiarism?

Here are some examples of text that doesn't need to be cited in your research papers.

  • Your opinion
  • Common knowledge
  • Accepted factual information
  • Things you personally observe and record
  • Personal experiences

Plagiarism Basics

  • When borrowing an author's wording for your own paper use quotation marks and include a complete citation (author name, date of publication, page reference) that can easily lead the reader directly to the source.
  • Electronic sources must also be acknowledged.
  • When borrowing another author's views, ideas or opinions for your own paper be sure to give credit to the original thinker.
  • Paraphrasing another's ideas without clearly citing the source also counts as plagiarism. Give a complete citation that can easily lead the reader directly to the source. 
  • Work used previously in another class cannot be re-used (self-plagiarism) without permission from the instructor.

Citation Help

ASU Library: Citation Style (APA | Chicago | MLA Turabian
An overview of several of the most frequently used citation styles as well as access to additional styles used within the scientific disciplines. 

The OWL at Purdue University (APAMLA | Chicago
The oldest and one of the most comprehensive online writing labs.

The Basic of APA Style 
Tutorial created by American Psychological Association. 

Citing Information  (APA | MLA | Chicago) 
A guide from University Libraries-University of North Carolina.

APA Referencing and Citation Guide (ASU) 
A quick reference reference tool to be used in conjunction with the American Psychological Association (2010) version of the style guide.


To use RefWorks ASU affiliates must create an individual account - choosing a personal Log-in Name and Password.

  • RefWorks allows you to build a personal database of citations to various print and electronic resources.
  • Stored citations can be then be inserted "in-text" or generated as References (APA Style) or Works Cited (MLA Style) documents.

Recommended Sources

RefWorks (Citation Management) [log-in page]

RefWorks: RefWorks LibGuide

RefWorks: What Is RefWorks?

RefWorks: Tutorials

RefWorks: Materials To Help Your Learn and Use RefWorks

Writing Centers at ASU

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Library Guides

Citation Management Tools
This guide includes information about citation management tools, or applications used to organize your references, generate bibliographies, and collaborate with others. 

A guide about copyright wich is is a form of legal protection automatically provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic work. 

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