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In addition to keeping oneself out of trouble with copyright compliance rules and university conduct policies, citing your sources allows others to reproduce and build on your research, creating new scholarship.

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

Citation Styles (ASU Library) 
Guide to various citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and discipline-specific styles) with overviews and examples. 

Academic Writer Tutorial: Basics of Seventh Edition APA Style 
Tutorial created by American Psychological Association. 

The Basics of Sixth Edition APA Style 
Tutorial created by American Psychological Association. 

Citing Information (APA, MLA, Chicago & CSE/CBE) 
Guide from University Libraries-University of North Carolina.

Print copies of the most current editions are available in all ASU Library locations.

Graduate College: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation

Citation Management Tools

Citation Management Tools 
Citation management tools:Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote & others

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Academic integrity, student cheating and plagiarism are concerns of the utmost importance to university faculty, administrators, writing center and tutoring staff, librarians and academic advisors. The short, straightforward definitions of academic integrity and plagiarism are meant to assist persons interested in understanding  more about these issues.

Academic Integrity:
Most sources define academic integrity (or academic honesty) as the foundation for academic life.  It is the manner in which you behave in an academic environment when you do research, writing a paper or creating a project. The fundamental five values in this academic process  are honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility. Academic integrity is the commitment to live by these values. Plagiarism is an aspect of academic integrity in that using another's ideas, words, theories, illustrations or graphics, opinions or facts without giving credit is dishonest.


To use, steal or represent the ideas, words or products of another as your own ideas, words or products. Use of someone else's ideas, words or products without giving credit to the author or originator is considered plagiarism.

When using or quoting word for word the words of another person it must be acknowledged.  Summarizing or paraphrasing the words or ideas of another without giving that person credit is also plagiarism.

Avoiding Plagiarism

One of the most common and unintentional violations of academic integrity is plagiarism.It is acceptable and common practice to present other authors’ ideas in your work. None of us can be original all of the time, and it lends credibility when you integrate other scholars’ ideas into your work. The key is to do this properly!

To avoid plagiarism when borrowing from another source, follow these rules: 

Rule 1: Paraphrase your Source
One common way to incorporate others’ ideas is to paraphrase. Paraphrasing is restating ideas from an original source using your own voice and giving credit to the original source.

Rule 2: Quote your Source
Another common way to incorporate another person’s ideas is through direct quotation. Direct quotation is an extended word-for-word duplication of an author’s original writing. Quotation also requires that you give credit to the original source.

Rule 3: Cite your Source = Give Credit to your Source
When you paraphrase or quote someone else's work, you must cite your source in TWO places:

1)    Within your paragraph. This is called an “in-text citation.”
Your in-text citation includes brief information a reader will need to find the complete reference in your list of sources such as the author, date or page numbers.


2)    At the end of your paper in a list of sources. This list is called “References,” “Works Cited,” or “Bibliography.”
All the sources in your list must include the complete information needed to identify and retrieve that source (author’s name, title of work, date of publication, URL, etc.).

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Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorials & Exercises


ASU Policies

ASU addresses the issue of what academic integrity is and how violations are address in the Student Code of Conduct.  ASU Graduate Education policies and procedures on academic integrity and plagiarism are discussed in detail on their webpage ASU Graduate Policies and Procedures.

Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty.  The university defines plagiarism as "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" (ASU, 2010).

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