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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism: Understanding Citations

These resources offer tips for a better understanding of the importance of academic integrity and plagiarism.

WHY CITE?

1. To give credit

Your writing is built upon the research of others. It is respectful and fair to give them credit for their hard work.

2. To support your arguments

By referencing or citing the work of scholars and other professionals, you demonstrate that your research and conclusions are based on reliable information and supported by others.

3. Provide a path

Citations provide a trail to the original research or idea and help your readers find more relevant resources.

4. To avoid plagiarism

In most academic environments, including CCAC, plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in academic discipline. Plagiarism is when you do not properly cite any direct quote, paraphrase, summary, or fact from your research, whether on purpose or accidentally. To avoid accidentally plagiarizing, take detailed notes and always include where the information came from.

The video below provide further explanation of giving credit. It was developed by Portland State Library, uses Prince's music to demonstrate how he was influenced by generations of artists and how his music has influenced many of today's artists.

Portland State Library. "Credit Where Credit is Due." YouTube. 19 Nov. 2019.

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