How to Cite a Source

Plagiarism Prevention

Plagiarism Prevention: Sites and Citing Sources for Detection and Prevention

Today there are a number of sites dedicated to plagiarism prevention, including those selling plagiarism detection software or providing free online services. The Plagiarism Prevention Web Guide is full of plagiarism prevention resources to help teachers, writers and editors do their work more efficiently, including free tools that can explain citations and even generate citations so that writers can avoid plagiarism in any form.

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What Is Plagiarism?

Because of the serious consequences you could face if you're found guilty of plagiarizing another's ... read more »

How to Cite a Source

One of the best ways to avoid plagiarism is to keep track of all of your research and cite, cite, cite when you reference it. Online you'll find resources that explain the different types of citation, examples of how to cite a source correctly, and tools that can create citations for you.

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  • When in doubt, it's better to provide too much citation information than too little.
  • If you're creating citations for a class, check with your teacher or professor to see what citation style you should include in your work. Once you know what she prefers, consider purchasing that particular style manual, or using the online version.
  • There are a few different styles of citation that are commonly used, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian and CSE. Below you'll find resources to help you create citations using one (or all) of these formats.

Top Sites for How to Cite a Source

For an overview of citation ...

A Research Guide
provides an overview of the different types of citations and how to cite research correctly.

The University of California, Berkeley Library
has a guide on citation that provides all the information you need to cite your sources according to the conventions of popular styles, such as APA and MLA.

The Chicago Manual of Style offers the "Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide," with examples of how to cite different sources. Learn how to cite Web pages, blog entries, forum discussions or e-mail messages.
For sites that create (or help you create) citations ... 

EasyBib has links to pages with the latest citation information. Students can also type in citation information for the free MLA online citation builder.
North Carolina State University provides a Citation Builder that aids students in creating citations.

Son of Citation Machine helps you create citations for a bibliography in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian style. It's useful if you're unsure about what to put in quotes, how to order your information or any other part of citing a source.

KnightCite is a project from the Hekman Library at Calvin College that helps you create a bibliography in APA, MLA or Chicago style.

SourceAid allows you to create citations for CSE as well as Chicago, APA and MLA styles.
To link to a particular section of text on a Web site ... 
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How to Detect Plagiarism

The following sites offer tips on learning how to detect plagiarism, as ... read more »

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