Instructional content for ENC 1101 information literacy modules

Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagiarism




Chronicle of Higher Education. (2010). "Responding to Plagiarism", Retrieved from: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/responding-to-plagiarism/24769


Citing Your Sources Appropriately & Avoiding Plagiarism



Over the course of your college career, you're probably going to end up writing several papers. And you may hear your professors talk about plagiarism, citing your sources and the consequences of academic dishonesty. 

Your professors all want you to cite your sources when doing research. Why? Citing your sources tells readers:

  • where you found the information you used to support your arguments
  • who the authorities are whom you are citing
  • what external resources support your arguments, lending credibility to your paper


After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Identify three basic rules for citing your sources
  • Identify examples of "common knowledge"
  • Identify three sanctions related to plagiarism according to USF policies
  • Differentiate between books and journals for purposes of citing them.
  • Identify online tools and resources for MLA Citation style


As part of this module, you will view three short video tutorials about plagiarism and how to avoid it,  review USF policies with regard to plagiarism, and access information about how to cite your sources using MLA format.

  1. View the three short tutorials (each only one and a half minutes long) below about when and why you need to cite your sources to avoid plagiarism:
  2. Review USF Policies on Plagiarism
    • What is a FF (or Double F) and why is it important to know what that says when it's on your college transcript? Find the answer by reviewing the USF Policy on Academic Integrity of Students, particularly the section on plagiarism on page 2, the Levels 1-3 violations and the sanctions for types of plagiarism.
  3.  Review the MLA guidelines below that offer examples of in-text citations and reference lists for research papers