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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. 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!
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."
"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: