When writing a research paper, you must always cite any sources that you have consulted. You must acknowledge when you are using the ideas, information, arguments, phrases or any other intellectual or creative output by another person. Not to do so is referred to as plagiarism. Any form of plagiarism is a serious offense that comes with disciplinary consequences that can largely be avoided by always citing your resources. . For more information see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy, and the related Procedures for Dealing with Academic Integrity Violations.
APA citation style is often used for papers in the Social Sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology and criminology). It uses parenthetical citations for in-text references and a reference list at the end of the paper.
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The examples in this guide are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). It covers frequently used citation forms in APA style. For more detailed information refer to the print copy of the manual, available in the Reference Collection at all campuses, call number BF 76.7 P83 2010.
Also check: Concise Rules of APA Style, call number BF 76.7 C66 2010.
Common examples of plagiarism:
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