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Citing Sources

A guide to citation styles, citation examples, and understanding plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?

Chances are you have heard of plagiarism at some point throughout your schooling, maybe even prior to arriving at Augustana. But what is plagiarism? And how do you avoid plaigiarising the works of others? This page will help you to both identify and avoid plagiarism during your time here at Augustana.


What is 'plagiarism?' 
According to Augustana College's Honor Code, plagiarism is defined as: 

Section 3.4: Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the misrepresentation of someone else’s research, thought, or writing as one’s own. Plagiarism occurs when a student uses the
ideas or phrasing of another individual or group and presents the information as their own without crediting the original source. 

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Use of direct wording, artistic creations and/or expressions (written or musical) without proper acknowledgements
  • False Citation: incorrect or inadequate citation of sources
  • Purchasing, downloading, or using papers written by another individual.

In other words, plagiarism involves the use of the work of someone else without giving proper citation. It can occur accidentally if you do not take the time to ensure that you have thoroughly and accurately cited your sources. It can also occur intentionally if a student chooses to copy work and attempts to pass it off as their own original creation. Both are violations of the college's honor code. 

Want to learn more about how to correctly identify and avoid plagiarism in your work? Consider using any of the sites features on this page to help further your understanding! The links below will take you to a variety of interactive games and tutorials that will give you tips and tricks to avoid plagiarism and violating the College's honor code.