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Properly Use

Plagiarism – You want to avoid plagiarism. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of plagiarism is:​


  • To use (another’s production) without crediting the source.

  • To commit literary theft.

  • To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

  • says you don’t want to:

    • Copy words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

    • Fail to put a quotation in quotation marks

    • Give incorrect information about the source of a quotation

    • Change words but copy the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

    • Copy so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.

    • To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own.

Cite Your Sources

  • To give proper credit to the author

  • To show that you have investigated several sources

  • So others can see where you found your information and do their own research

  • To avoid plagiarism

Carver asks students to use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition Notes and Bibliography system for formatting papers​​. Go here (Purdue Online Writing Lab - Chicago Style) to find out more.

You can go to the Chicago Manual of Style, click on the Citation Quick Guide and go to Notes and Bibliography Style.

And you can use the following citation generators (but check to see if your results are correct in the Citation Quick Guide):

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