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Write & Cite

There are many different styles of citation - always check with your instructor for the name of the style you should use. For help with creating your citations correctly, see the Library's Citation Styles guide.

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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 cheating is a serious offense that comes with disciplinary consequences: see KPU's Policy ST2, entitled Student Academic Integrity Policy. The related Procedures for Dealing with Academic Integrity Violations offers definitions of cheating and plagiarism.

We cite:

  • to distinguish previous from new thought
  • to give credit to the person whose ideas you used
  • to respect intellectual property
  • to help a reader locate the source(s) you used
  • to show that you have investigated your topic well
  • to avoid plagiarism

Find out what it is and simple ways to avoid it!

Common examples of plagiarism:

- Copying sentences, paragraphs, data or visuals without properly citing their source
- Quoting material without proper use of quotation marks (even if otherwise cited appropriately)
- Paraphrasing or summarizing information from a source without proper acknowledgement;
- Paying someone for writing the assignment
- Listing a source in the bibliography/reference list that was not cited in the assignment

How do I avoid plagiarism?

Remember: You MUST provide an in-text citation and an entry in the Works Cited or list of References for ALL of the examples of quoting paraphrasing, or summarizing from other sources.

  • Find out more about Plagiarism and academic honesty.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations in which each citation is followed by a brief summary of the item. This summary is intended to explain, describe or evaluate the publication. It should inform the reader as to the relevancy, accuracy, and quality of the item. Why did you choose this item? What has it added to your understanding of the issue?

The type of annotation you write is determined by your assignment and guidelines from your instructor and citations should conform to the appropriate citation style.

If you have questions about how to write an annotated bibliography, check out some of these resources: