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Citation Help: Citation Basics

This guide will help you get started using citations in your academic writing, and teach you the basics about Citation Management Software.

When to Cite?

When using a direct quote

“One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish” (Geisel, 1960, p. 1).

When paraphrasing

Theodore Seuss Geisel (1960), writing as Dr. Seuss, wrote that there are at least two fish and that some are red and some are blue.

When summarizing

There are many fish in the sea and they have unique characteristics (Geisel, 1960).

Why Cite Your Sources? (video 2:27)

What is Plagiarism at YU?

Plagiarism is a BIG DEAL--and it's taken very seriously. Academic integrity is something you agree to when you sign on for studies at a place like YU. There can be serious consequences for ignoring this responsibility.

Knowing what constitutes plagiarism is the first step:

How to Avoid Plagiarism

You need to be organized about your research, keep track of your sources, and use quotations, paraphrasing and summary correctly.

  • Avoiding Plagiarism: Safe Practices - From the Purdue OWL: Use your organizational skills to avoid plagiarism in your work.
  • Plagiarism - The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created this helpful handout to explain what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.