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Where do I get help with citing sources?
Standards for documenting sources and incorporating research into papers vary by country. 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 you get acclimated to the citation styles used on campus!
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 LibGuide, and can always ask a librarian whenever you have any questions about how to cite a source.
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.
Dickinson College's Policy on Citing and Plagiarism
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:
- To plagiarize is to use without proper citation or acknowledgment the words, ideas, or work of another. Whenever one relies on someone else for phraseology, even for only two or three words, one must acknowledge indebtedness by using quotation marks and giving the source, either in the text or in a footnote.
- When one borrows facts which are not matters of general knowledge, including all statistics and translations, one must indicate one's indebtedness in the text or footnote. When one borrows an idea or the logic of an argument, one must acknowledge indebtedness either in a footnote or in the text. When in doubt, footnote. (Academic Standards Committee, November, 1965)
If you ever have questions about plagiarism or academic integrity, please don't hesitate to ask a librarian!