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It's no joke

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and may be a violation of U.S. Copyright laws. Plagiarism is defined as the act of taking someone else’s words, opinions, or ideas and claiming them as one’s own. (Bergen Community College Catalog 2011-2012, page 63) 

Still not sure you understand what plagiarism is? The Pearson Factsheet on plagiarism will help.

A Very Brief Introduction to Citations

Citation Styles

There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style depends on the academic discipline involved or what your instructor requires. For example:

  • MLA Style Guide - From the Modern Language Association of America. Often preferred in the fields of literature, arts, humanities, and in some other disciplines.
  • APA Style Guide - From the American Psychological Association. Often preferred in the fields of psychology and many other social sciences.  
  • Turabian & Chicago Styles Guide - From the work of Kate Turabian at the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Press. Often preferred in history.
  • CSE/CBE - From the Council of Science Editors. Often preferred in the fields of natural sciences; including biology, geology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
  • ASA Style - From the American Sociological Society. Often preferred in the fields of Sociology.


This guide was created by Dr. Paula Williams.

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