As a Red Deer Polytechnic student, you are expected to read, analyze, and respond to the ideas of others when writing your papers. However, you always have to acknowledge when you are using someone else's ideas.
Accidental plagiarism often occurs when you simply forget where you read something. To avoid this, keep track of your sources as you find them!
There are several strategies to keep track of your sources:
As you research your topic, you should take notes about what you read. Good note-taking will help you remember which source a quote or an idea came from.
There are several resources to help you take good notes while researching:
Citation is a way of giving credit to individuals when you use their words or ideas to support your research. Citations have enough information that a reader could find the exact source you used. Typically, this citation information includes the author's name, publication date, and other source information including the journal title or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
Citation styles are standardized ways to format citations. The citation style will determine exactly what information is necessary for a citation as well as how that information is presented, including punctuation and other formatting. Your instructor will tell you what citation style to use for each assignment. The most commonly used styles are APA, MLA, and Chicago.
RDP Library has created online guides to help you with each citation style. For more information about each citation style, take a look at the guides:
RDP Library has created online tutorials to introduce you to citation and the different citation styles. For a guided introduction to getting started with citation, take a look at the tutorials:
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