Citing

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How do I find a source I know I need to cite? I lost it and/or cannot find the original…

Ask a librarian! We are happy to help you track down a resource; we are pretty good at it too! Also, it doesn’t hurt to copy and paste a quote or sentence from the source you are trying to re-find into Google and see if your article (or book, etc.) will pop up. Google can […]

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I found a quote on a website that I want to use, but the website says they got the quote from a book, should I reference the website or the book for this quote?

You should reference the original source, which in this case would be the book. It was not the website’s idea or creation (that quote) so you want to give proper credit to that original author.

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How would I cite a theory to make sure I am not plagiarizing?

You would cite the author or owner of the theory the same way you would any other source, with an in-text citation as well as a full bibliographic reference in your reference list/location.

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Can I submit the same work for two different classes?

This is something you will need to double check with BOTH of your professors. If they are both okay with you submitting the same paper, then you are fine. However, if you do not receive a response for approval, this is plagiarism.

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If I accidentally write something that someone else has already written, is that plagiarism?

Technically, yes but it happens. Even if you did not realize your plagiarizing you can still have some consequences.

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If I cite a source, can I still be accused of plagiarism?

As long as the source is cited correctly, you should be just fine. Please make sure that your citations and references are correct so you are giving proper credit.

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Do I have to cite sources for every fact I use in the paper?

No you do not need to cite every fact. Facts that are common knowledge, things that nearly everyone knows, you do not need to cite.

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If I just change some words, is that plagiarizing? Do I need to cite?

Yes, this is plagiarism if you do not cite your source. By simply changing some of the words to some synonyms, you are still using that sources ideas, not your own through process.

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How can I double check my work for plagiarism?

The most important thing you can do is to understand what plagiarism is and so knowing how to not plagiarize. However. There are many helpful tools for you to utilize, one being Google. Copy and paste a couple paragraphs into Google and see if there is an exact match. Furthermore, there are many programs out […]

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Will I go to jail if I plagiarize?

No, you will not go to jail for plagiarism, but you may fail the class or be kicked out of the program depending on how severe the act. Please see Ohio University’s Code of Conduct for more information.