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LiONiL: Library Instruction Online for Information Literacy

Module 6: Crediting/Citing/Referencing

Give credit where credit is due

In college we often read and discuss ideas that we encounter in books, articles, websites, lectures, conversations, interviews, and class discussions. Often we incorporate these ideas into our own writing. It is important to acknowledge the source of these ideas. Plagiarism is a serious offense. To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use something somebody said, wrote, e-mailed, drew, or implied. This includes:

Some people believe that information posted on the Web is in the public domain. This is not true. If you copy information from the Web and use it as your own work, you are committing plagiarism.