When in doubt, cite.

Avoid Plagiarism

If you don't cite your sources properly, you are plagiarizing, 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."

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 acknowledgement (citations)
  • Using images (photos, graphs, figures) in presentations, reports, or posters without asking permission and properly crediting the creator

How to Avoid Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism Tutorial

How to Avoid Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism

Learn how to avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism, including how to identify plagiarism, understand its risks and consequences, cite sources properly, and develop sound writing practices.

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Reference Managers

Managing your references from the beginning of your project will help ensure that you can easily and correctly cite any ideas you got from another source, reducing the risk that you will accidentally plagiarize another author.  There are mulitple reference managers available, including RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.  The UNF Library provides full access and support for RefWorks and access to EndNote basic through Web of Science.

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RefWorks is an online citation management tool that allows you to collect, manage and organize research papers and documents.

With RefWorks, you can:

  • Collect & Import: Save an unlimited number of references by importing from online databases, catalogs, websites, and your computer
  • Manage your Research: Organize, retrieve, read and annotate documents and references
  • Share & Collaborate: Share folders and work with others simultaneously
  • Write & Cite: Generate bibliographies and citations in thousands of citation styles, including MLA, APA and Turabian