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Citations
A brief, interactive online workshop which provides an overview of citations from University of Minnesota Libraries.

Research and Documentation Online
From Bedford/St. Martin’s Press and Diana Hacker, everything you need to know about citing almost every kind of source, whether in the humantities, social sciences, history, or sciences. Includes sample papers in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats, as well as sample pages from a CSE paper.

Citing Primary Sources
This resource from the Library of Congress offers instructions on citing electronic sources in MLA and Chicago styles (and provides examples using items from the Library’s own collections).

APA Style
The official American Psychological Association style website. Includes a variety of resources that supplement but do not replace the Publication Manual. See the Quick Answers lists at the bottom of the page.

How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style
Includes a useful table (a PDF file) explaining what to do when information for a citation is missing.

Citing Electronic Sources in APA style
This portion of the Purdue OWL offers the APA-specific help unavailable on the Library of Congress site, above.

APA Format Setup in Word 2010
A video guide to formatting the title and first pages of a basic APA-style document by Patrick S. Love for the Daytona State College Writing Center, 2011. For a fully accessible version of this video, click here.

MLA Format Setup in Word 2010
A video guide to formatting the first page of a basic MLA-style document by Jason M. DiGioia for the Daytona State College Writing Center, 2011. For a fully accessible version of this video, click here.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Libraries, access to the complete online version of the Chicago Manual of Style for U of MN students, faculty, and staff.

Citing Resources from Accounting Horizons, Accounting Review, and Issues in Accounting Education
A guide for citing sources in the format required by these journals.

avoiding plagiarism

How to Recognize Plagiarism: A Tutorial
A comprehensive resource from Indiana University’s School of Education, this website defines plagiarism in depth and provides strategies for recognizing and avoiding it, including examples, practice exercises, and an online self-test with confirmation certificate for those who pass.

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources
Writers with the best of intentions nonetheless do not always know whether to quote or to paraphrase sources, and how to do so appropriately. This comprehensive resource from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison helps writers address this common problem.

“What are you telling your readers?” (.pdf format)
This handout approaches citation from a reader’s perspective. Writers can use this resource as a crib sheet to assess whether they are accurately communicating who deserves credit for the words and ideas in their texts.

Plagiarism...and how to avoid it! (.pdf format)
This presentation for new international students at the University of Minnesota offers an introduction to American academic expectations about plagiarism, showing examples of what is and is not plagiarism using the framework of the "What are you telling your readers?" handout above.

Preventing Plagiarism
On this page, Teaching with Writing offers successful approaches to teaching students how to use sources appropriately and to avoid plagiarism.

How to Avoid Plagiarism
Advice from eLearners.com on what plagiarism is and is not and how to avoid it.

Unintentional Plagarism: It Could Happen to You
How to avoid creating documents that could be flagged as problematic by plagiarism detection programs.