Undergraduate ESOL Education Guide

Resources to help you use information ethically


RefWorks is a great tool.  Here is a Library Guide to our RefWorks guide for complete information on getting started with a new account or migrating your existing account to our new interface.

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Citation Guides

Why We Cite?

UNC Writing Center gives a brief description of citations and why they are necessary.

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)