Information on Citations and Plagiarism

Knowing if Credible website or not

Knowing if a website is credible or not is easy to find out. Some really easy ways are if they have a .gov or a .edu. Another way is if you are able to find the author, copy right date, title and when the story was published. You will also know because the information stays on topic the entire time and not some of the time.


Summarizing - Involves putting the main ideas of one or more authors in your own words. Focuses on the main points and must be CITED.

Quoting - Quotations are the exact words of an authority, copied directly from a source, word for word. QUOTATIONS MUST BE CITED! Having to many quotes is the same as copy and pasting someones work and claiming it as your own.

Paraphrasing - Paraphrasing means rephrasing the words of an author, putting his/her thoughts in your own words. Must be cited. Simply changing a few words around is not paraphrasing.

What are MLA citations? What is included in them?

MLA citations are giving credit to the person that said/posted something. Always use citations not using citations is considered plagiarism. They include the author, copy right date, when published and title.

Here are some examples of what a MLA citation looks like.

How do you use search term correctly?

In Ebsco Host, there is an advanced search where you can easily get what you what you are looking for down to the point. For example if you are using the term Tiger, you can put NOT the Detroit Tigers. Or, you can put AND the animal so you get exactly what you are looking for.

When asking a question on Google, don't make it so long narrow it down to not enough information. The same thing goes for when looking something up. If you type in a very long a question then will not get what you are looking for and not the correct information.

MLA Citations

What is Plagiarism? How do you avoid it?

Plagiarism is the act of presenting the words, ideas, sounds, images, or any other expressions and taking credit for as your own.

Avoid plagiarism is easier than you think it is. If you are doing a research project and you see something you like, you can quote it, paraphrase it or summarize it. Also, don't copy things down without using citations.

Some websites and Citation Websites that will help.

This website lets you use pictures without having to Cit!

This website lets you get information very easy, without having 1,000,000 different things pop up in front of your face!

This cite gives easy citations, all you have to do is put in the author, title, copy right date and year puplished. -another one-

The 2 types of Plagiarism

There are two types of plagiarism. The first one is intentional, intentional is prosperously copying down the text knowing you are doing it. Intentional can also mean that you are doing Plagiarism and you know you are doing it. The second type is unintentional, unintentional is when you are copying something down without knowing it. Unintentional is can also be copying someone else's work and not knowing you have to cit your work.

How do you gather good information?

You are also able to know if the information is credible by the end of the link. Like I said, if there is a .edu or .gov, then it is probably credible information. A really good website is Ebsco Host, which I have linked up there.^ Books are also a reliable source, even though it is a book, plagiarism is still not allowed.