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History: Referencing

What is it and why do I have to do it?

Citation tells your reader that you got an idea from someone else.  It consists of a little note in the text of your paper that lets your reader know, and then a much longer note at the end of your paper that tells your reader where to find the original idea. 

Citation is tedious, boring and sometimes difficult.  You still have to do it.  Start collecting the information for your citations as soon as you start reading.  Don't leave it to the end. 

Why reference?

Citation Help

Most databases now help with citation.  Look for a button or a link that says citation.  Databases frequently make mistakes, so you have to check them.  Check on the referencing style preferred by the particular faculty.

What Is Plagiarism?

Developed by the Paul Robeson Library, this three part video about the scourge of plagiarism is an educational parody of a typical classic 50's classroom environment. Click the video below to view Part I. Click again to open a larger version in a new tab.  Part IIPart III.