Standards for documenting sources and incorporating research into papers vary by country and research subject. In today's world, making it clear where we get information is more important than ever, and at Dickinson, the Library and Writing Center are here to help!
Carelessness with documentation and citations can lead to an accusation of plagiarism, a serious academic offense at Dickinson College. To plagiarize is to use the words, ideas, or work of another without proper citation or acknowledgment.
You can find information on how to cite in different styles at the Citing Sources Guide.
If you ever have questions about citation, plagiarism, or academic integrity, please ask a librarian!
Dickinson College's Official Policy on Citing Sources and Plagiarism
It is necessary for you to give proper credit to all of the resources you use in your research papers. Plagiarism is a violation of Dickinson's Student Code of Conduct, and is a specific form of cheating defined in the code as follows:
For more information from the Writing Center about how NOT to plagiarize, see Professor Lape's short presentation, How Not to Plagiarize.
Additionally, read our guide on Academic Integrity and How to Avoid Plagiarism.
Zotero is a free, open source Bibliographic Management Tool recommended by Dickinson librarians. Please visit the Zotero Guide for more information about what Zotero is and how to use it.