Citing the materials you used to write your paper tells your readers where you found the information and who authored the materials you used to support your topic.
Avoiding Plagiarism - Getting Started
As college students, you likely hear a lot about plagiarism being bad, but sometimes it’s hard to know what exactly constitutes plagiarism, and exactly how to avoid it. This USF Libraries guide is here to help you figure out what plagiarism is, why avoiding plagiarism is so important and how to avoid plagiarism in your own work.
Citing the materials you used to write your paper tells your readers where you found the information and who created, or authored, the materials used to support your topic.
The videos below will provide some basics on:
Identifying basic rules about when to cite your sources.
Identifying examples of "common knowledge".
Recognizing the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and direct quotations when citing sources.
Check out the videos & for more in-depth information, check out the rest of the guide!