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. Plagiarism is a serious offense that carries with it severe academic consequences (see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy), but that can largely be avoided by always citing your resources.
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Common examples of plagiarism:
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KPU MLA Quick Guide - 8th ed. Includes examples of sources cited using the new MLA style rules.
APA style is often used to document sources 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.
KPU Style Guides:
Check the APA Citation Guide for more help.