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Citation Guide: Citation Guide Home

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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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. 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 Cite Your Sources? The Problem of Plagiarism

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 catalog states::

Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty in writing. When a student uses another writer's words and/or ideas and presents it as his/her own, he/she is plagiarizing. The faculty and staff at Berkshire Community College consider plagiarism a serious offense and encourage students to produce their best work, using their own ideas and language. When a student does use another writer's ideas and wording to support his/her own writing, he/she must give that writer credit.


If a situation arises in which an instructor suspects a student of plagiarizing and the problem cannot be resolved between the instructor and the student, then the instructor may refer the case to the Vice President for Academic Affairs who would then follow Due Process Guidelines to resolve the problem. If the student feels unjustly charged with plagiarism, he/she could use the grievance process in this policy guide as a means of resolving the problem.

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