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BUSN - Citing Business Sources: Plagiarism

APA, JOM citation style info and examples

You Quote It, You Note It!

          

Have fun and learn about the importance of citing your sources with this interactive tutorial produced by the Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University.

Why Cite?

In North American academic contexts, writers are expected to cite sources whenever they take ideas, information, or words from a source.

Failure to cite sources according to a standard style can result in plagiarism. Plagiarism most commonly involves:

  • failing to cite a source
  • citing a source but failing to use quotation marks to indicate borrowed wording
  • following the original text too closely when paraphrasing

How can I avoid accidental plagiarism?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • When taking notes, note the source and page number, and put quotation marks around wording taken directly from the source. Without quotation marks, you will forget which words were yours and which were not.
  • Try paraphrasing as you take notes or use simple key word notes, rather than writing down wording from the original.
  • Put the article or book away after reading and summarize the information in your own words.
  • Check all paraphrases against the original. Following the original sentence structure and substituting words here and there is unacceptable.

Additional Information:

  How to avoid accidental plagiarism (Haskayne Business Library)

Avoiding plagiarism (University of Guelph)

Avoiding plagiarism (Purdue University)