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Information Literacy

This is a learning guide designed to teach students about information literacy and why it matters.

Acknowledging Information Sources

Ethical use of another's ideas requires that you acknowledge the source of information. Improper use of another's ideas or intellectual property can result in plagiarism or violations of copyright laws. 

 
Why should I cite?

It is important to avoid plagiarism and cite your sources in academic writing.  During the writing process, you will synthesize the information from your sources and quote or summarize the content in your own words.  Avoid plagiarism by citing your quotes and summaries using the citation style assigned by your instructor.  

What is a citation?

In-text citations are used to point to a specific source in the reference list. This indicates that the ideas in the cited sentence were pulled from that source. Each in-text citation must correspond to a source in the reference list, and each source in the reference list must be cited at least once in the body of the paper. Proper use of in-text citations and a reference list helps writers avoid plagiarism.

To learn more about APA 7th and AMA citation styles, explore the following guides: