People often miss how very important citing your work is. It's not only an ethical thing to give credit where credit is due - it's a legal issue. People have been fined and dealt with law suites from plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of theft, and therefore, is treated as such in law enforcement. So, this topic definitely needs to have it's own separate say when formatting - for its legal restrictions and its details.
When to cite:
You plagiarize when you:
You'll need two types of citing in your work. One in the text where you've directly stated your source and one in a separate page at the end of your work with a title, "Works Cited," at the top. Citation Rules Include:
The two most commonly used sources consist of websites and books, but the website, Easybib.com, is the most popular, FREE citing tool that can be used to help you cite material you're unsure of. Below are some examples of book and website citations:
EXAMPLE LAYOUT FOR BOOK:
Author Last Name, Author First Name Middle Initial. “Chapter Title/Number.” Book Title, Edition ed., Vol., Publisher, pp. Page Start-Page End.
REAL EXAMPLE FOR BOOK:
Doe, John A. "Chapter 6." To Be An Ant, 5th ed., Vol. 2., Harper & Row Publishing, pp. 65-89, 91, 50.
EXAMPLE LAYOUT FOR WEBSITES:
Author Last name, Author First Name Middle Initial. “Article Title.” Website Title, Publisher Name, www.website.com.
REAL EXAMPLE FOR WEBSITE:
Doe, John A. "How to Cite for a Website." Web Help Here, www.keepitsimple.com/morespecificinfo.
Stealing is wrong - even stealing an idea. It's not about outsmarting your teachers or publishers. It's about doing what is right. Giving credit when credit is due is a big step in the right direction. It proves you know what you are talking about and confirms validity in your point.
“Why Do I Cite? When Do I Cite?” EasyBib, Chegg.
“The Complete Guide to MLA & Citations.” MLA Format Citation Generator & Guide, Citation Machine, www.citationmachine.net/mla/cite-a-website.
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