Plagiarism and Citation Policy

Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will constitute an automatic 'F.'

Every quotation, paraphrase, and combination should be acknowledged, either in a parenthetical citation within the text that gives the author's last name, date of publication of the book or article, and the page reference(s) or be hyperlinked to a page that accomplishes the same goal. All quotes over three lines should be indented and set apart from your text. All sources cited in parentheses should be listed in a “Works Cited” list at the end of the paper or hyperlinked to a footnote or "Works Cited" page.

For example, the following quote about plagiarism is both relevant and properly cited:

Although there are several acceptable methods of documentation, the simplest is parenthetical citations outlined in Kate L. Turabian, A Manual For Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations - see any fairly recent edition such as the 5th edition, 1987, pp. 111-119 (for parenthetical citations), and pp. 274-277 (for how to list sources at the end of a paper). For other acceptable methods of citation, including an on-going review of approaches to citing material in electronic form visit

For writing and research assistance, visit the library's web site  (Note: Because of the volatile nature of information on the Web, saving the most important information derived from Web sources to a local file is generally a good idea if you have the resources to do so. Files can be easily downloaded using Netscape Communicator or other web site copying software).

Background reading (suggested, but not required):

Cantor, Norman F. and Richard I. Schneider. How to Study History. New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell Company, 1967.

Salzman, Maurice. Plagiarism. The “Art” of Stealing Literary Material. Los Angeles: Parker, Stone & Baird, 1931.

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revised 2006/01/21