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Research Tools: Getting Started

Describes how to access library databases to retrieve articles, and other materials for research. Also how to complete a works cited page, and evaluate web sites.

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Writing Center

Bruce Symes, Director

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When to Cite

When to cite

  • Anything that is printed, spoken or sung (except facts or common knowledge)
  • Unusual phrase borrowed from a speaker or writer
  • Photos, drawings, charts, graphs, etc.
  • Someone else's unpublished research findings

How to Write a Good Essay

5 tips to improve your writing

Academic Honesty Sites

Below are guidelines to help avoid plagiarism:


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Maintaining Academic Honesty

 “To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source.”
plagiarism. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.Retrieved August 10, 2010.Plajiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit, i.e. an appropriate attribution or citation.” University of Nebraska Medical Center Student Handbook

Ignorance does not excuse plagiarim.  Learn some of the myths of plagiarism.

Types of plagiarism


  • Mixing words or ideas from an unacknowledged source in with your own words or ideas.
  • Mixing together uncited words and ideas from several sources into a single work.
  • Mixing together properly cited uses of a source with uncited uses.

Direct Plagiarism

  • A phrase or passage that is copied word for word, but not quoted.


  • Rephrasing another person’s work and inserting into your own work without acknowledging the original source.

Insufficient Acknowledgement

  • Half crediting source; whereby you acknowledge the author’s work the first time, but continue to use the author’s words without giving additional attribution.

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