Where can I get information on plagiarism and making sure I cite my sources correctly?
While working on your paper you will probably use a number of books, articles, journals, reports, lectures, interviews and more. When presenting ideas developed by others, don't forget to provide a reference every time you quote or paraphrase someone else’s ideas, theories or data. You must acknowledge the sources you used in your analysis and research.
The source must be referenced whether it is:
- published or unpublished
- electronic or hard copy
- text based or audio/visual
If you don't cite the sources properly you might be accused of plagiarism. This is when you copy someone else's ideas or work as if it is yours--whether intentional or unintentional. You can even be accused of plagiarism if you reuse your own previous work without citing it (this is called self-plagiarism).
Students that plagiarize anyone's work could face disciplinary action. For more information see the KSU Student Code of Conduct.
Another great place to visit if you have any questions regarding plagiarism and making sure you correctly cite your sources is the KSU Writing Center. They are experts at helping students make sure they correctly use and cite sources.