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"Information an intellectual framework for understanding, finding, evaluating, and using information." ACRL


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What Is It?


  1. the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own synonyms copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing;informal cribbing "accusations of plagiarism" Source: Google Definitions



the dark side


Why Does It Matter?

Citing sources and creating a Bibliography/Works Cited List:

  • ​​​​Gives credit to the author or creator
  • Enables a reader to locate the source you cited.
  • Illustrates your ability to locate & evaluate appropriate sources
  • Provides evidence for the arguments and conclusions in your paper
  • Prevents plagarism and copyright infringement


If you use the ideas of others and do not give them credit by providing proper references to their work, you are committing plagiarism. Not only is plagiarism an honor code violation at Riverside City College, it may also violate copyright and be a crime. Instructors at RCC have access to, which automatically checks papers for possible plagiarism.

For information on the growing problem of plagiarism with statistics and background information visit 

There are three ways in which you can provide information from a source: paraphrasing, quoting or summarizing. All three of these methods require an in-text citation at the end of the statement:

Quoting: When you take a direct line from any source (whether it's a book, article, song and so on) you are quoting.

Paraphrasing: When you are taking something from a source and putting it in your own words to clarify a passage.

Summarizing: Like paraphrasing, you are taking something from a source and putting it in your own words, but in this case you are just going over the main points of the passage.

This short video from UCR offers some great ways to think about putting a source in your own words:

Avoid using others' word with only minor, cosmetic changes:

Examples of cosmetic changes:

  • Substituting words, such as "less" for "fewer"
  • Reversing the order of a sentence
  • Changing terms in a computer code
  • Altering a spread sheet layout.

No matter what format you choose (summarizing, paraphrasing, or quoting), you should always to put an in-text citation within your text at the end of your quote/paraphrase/summary.

In the MLA format, it should include the author(s) last name, followed by the page numbers, in parenthesis at the end of your quote, paraphrase or summary (Smith 145-200).

If you mention the Smith in the beginning of the sentence, just include the page numbers where the source is found (145-200).

As always, there are variations. If you're not sure, contact us or consult OWL Purdue page on in-text citations for your particular style.

Common Knowledge

You don't have to cite "common knowledge," BUT the fact must really be commonly known. That Abraham Lincoln was the U.S. President during the Civil War is common knowledge; that over 51,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Battle of Gettysburg4 is not.  If you learned a piece of information in the course of your research, cite it.

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