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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why Cite?

Give credit where it is due, it is the smart (and ethical) thing to do.

Avoid plagiarism by citing sources.

Citing a resource properly should allow another person to RE-search out the item and find the exact same content that you did.

Use resources correctly:

  • Use only one citation style per project (APA or MLA most common).
  • Ask your teacher what style they prefer.
  • Go to Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) for basic information.
  • Check out a style manual at your nearest library for specifics.

    Q: How do I write a citation?

    Ask your teacher what style they prefer.

    Use cite suggestions provided by databases when available.  

    Ask your teacher if the database cite suggestion is good enough, or whether you need to further check your style with a style manual (especially in technical and upper level writing courses).

    Copy/paste cite suggestions to a Word document and alphabetize yourself,  or use a ciation manager.

    Only use one edition and style in a project. 

    Copyright Caveat

    So - You want to use that?  Did you create it?  Do you own the copyright?

    If YOU created the content
    - AND it is not just a photoshopped / edited / distorted / manipulated  copy of some one else's content
    - AND you did not create the content as "work for hire"  
    - THEN you own the content =That gives you the COPYRIGHT or right to make money off any copy of the content.

    Manipulation and publishing of content created by others may be an infringement of the content owner's copyright.  

    Make sure you properly cite any content you upload that is not your own.

    If there is not a publicly noted permission to use, get permission from the content holder before uploading anything and making it public.  

    Do not do anything to prevent someone else from making money off of their content.

    If you were hired to make something, your employer may own the content copyright; make sure you understand your contract.


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