ENC 1101 & ENC 1143 - Intro to Information for Writing & Rhetorical Analysis

Avoid Plagiarism

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If you don't cite your sources properly, you are plagiarizing. Not only will this negatively impact your grade, but it's a violation of the Academic Integrity Code outlined in your Student Handbook.

Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas, information, etc., are common knowledge.

(Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Some examples of plagiarism include:

  • Buying a paper online
  • Passing someone else's paper off as your own
  • Copying all or part of any previous work without proper acknowledgment (citations)

UNF Citation Guides

Other Online Help

Congratulations! You have finished writing. Now what?

You'll want to be sure to cite your sources using the proper format. Most English professors prefer the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. You may have your own MLA style guide from class but if not, here are a few resources to help you.

Pro Tip: Many databases, including OneSearch, offer a handy citation generator right there.  Look for a "Cite This" sort of link (you may have to click the title), grab your MLA citation, and paste it into your Bibliograhy/Works Cited/References page.  Be sure to check against one of the guides to ensure it's correct (capitalization, punctuation, did it include all required info?) and you are good to go.

Why We Cite

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Citation Style Guides