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Research Tips: Writing Your Paper & Citing Sources

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2018 12:19 PM

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Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

Students should always provide proper citations for all quotations, summaries, paraphrases, or any other work or idea that is borrowed from others. When students use another person's idea or work without giving proper credit, they are committing plagiarism, which is considered to be a serious breach of academic honesty.  Go to the Plagiarism & Academic Scholarship page for more information regarding UB's Plagiarism policies as well as how to avoid committing it.

Which Citation Style Should You Use?

When citing the books, articles, and other materials collected for a research paper, you must organize the important information identifying the author, title, publisher and date of the work according to a specific style.

While some instructors are not particular about citation styles, others will require a specific style. Students should ask if uncertain about which style to use.

Please see the guide to commonly used styles for examples of the following:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Chicago Style
  • Council of Science Editors (CSE) [formerly the Council of Biology Editors, CBE]