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We've created this guide to help you cite your research in your paper, and to provide you with information on resources available at the Jonathan Edwards Library.
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Why Cite Your Sources?

Citing sources is one of the most important things you can do when writing a research paper. If you don't cite your sources in your paper, you could be accused of plagiarism.  

What is plagiarism? BCC's Student Policy Guide says:

"When a student uses another writer's words and/or ideas and presents it as his/her own, he/she is plagiarizing ... When a student does use another writer's ideas and wording to support his/her own writing, he/she must give that writer credit."

BCC's Plagiarism Policy

"Academic dishonesty of any type by a student provides grounds for disciplinary action by the college or the instructor directly involved. In written work, no material may be copied from another without quotation marks, footnotes or appropriate documentation."

Plagiarism is taken seriously not just at BCC, but all colleges and universities. But if you use the information contained in this guide, you'll avoid the headaches that come with being accused of plagiarism.  

Here are some links to help you better understand what constitutes plagiarism:

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    Introduction to the Citation Guide

    Welcome to the Jonathan Edwards Library's Citation Guide! This guide is designed to help you create the citations you need in the format your professor has assigned.

    At the top of this page you will find tabs to the three citation styles most commonly used. We've also included a tab so you can see how to do an in-text citation no matter what format you use. We've also provided links to citation generators, which are software that help you format your citations properly.

    If you've been through this guide and the links and are still uncertain about how you should cite something, ask your professor, visit the library, or call us at 413-236-2157! We're here to help!


    Purdue University's OWL Site:  A Complete Tutorial Site and Guide To Citations In ALL Formats, Including MLA, APA, and Chicago.

    Why Citations Matter - Video

     This database is viewable on campus without the need to authenticate.  If you are off-campus, after you hit submit, access this video with your Library barcode and password.


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