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Information Literacy: Plagiarism Policy at BCC and Citing Sources

An Information Literate Student is a Successful Student

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Citation Tools
 
APA 7th Edition Guide With Citation Generator - One of the best sites, Purdue Owl has updated their APA site to include not only the NEW 7th edition, but have included a very easy to use citation guide
 
MLA 8th Edition Guide With Citation Generator - One of the best sites, Purdue Owl has updated their MLA site to include a citation generator. 
 
 
How To Put Together An Annotated Bibliography - A guide in three parts from Purdue University's Owl Site, the definitive site for help with writing a paper.  This site provides an overview of the annotated bibliography, plus a page on breaking down its components, and an additional page with samples. 
 

Go To The BCC Citation Guide For More Information

The Berkshire Community College Citation Guide has a wealth of information on citing sources, including links to tutorials and citation guides.  Click here to go to this page.

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.

Links to Citation Generators

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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 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. 

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