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Library Guide for SEOP

This guide teaches basic library skills to students in the Summer Educational Opportunity Program.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you use someone else's ideas without giving them due credit. You can use other people's ideas provided you acknowledge where you got your information. Click on the pdf icon to understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.


How Can I Tell if I'm Plagiarizing?

How to Identify Written Plagiarism

Importance of Citing Sources

It is very important to cite the information that you use for your papers. As an author you are responsible for the references you include in your paper. Citing information accurately not only allows your professor to locate the information you have included; it also adds to your credibility as a researcher and writer. Above all, it helps to avoid plagiarism which is a serious offence.

MLA Citation Style Guide

Check Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for additional help.

The library subscribes to EasyBib which is an automatic citation generator.To learn hwo to create an account and begin using EasyBib check the EasyBib Guide by Lisa Bier. The MLA citation format is available for free from the EasyBib web site.

Citation Games

Citation Game from Williams College
This is an excellent citation learning game that tests students skills in the follwining styles: ACS, APA, Chicago, and MLA. Try it - it's fun!

Citation Game from the Trio Training Team, University of Washington
Another excellent game where you need to drag and drop citation parts in the correct order for APA and MLA styles.

Need Help?

If you need further help, please seek assistance at the Reference Desk on the main floor of Buley Library. You can also set up an appointment with a subject librarian.