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Choosing appropriate sources makes avoiding plagiarism easier.

While Google is the "go-to" source for most students, the library has free access to scholarly databases with subject-specific articles, in addition to books.

Library databases supply sample citations for most sources. (See video)

Citation Examples in Library Databases

Examples from Academic Search Complete and Opposing Viewpoints in Context database



  • Place quotation marks around exact wording you use from a source
  • Always use quotes if the quote best expresses the author's wording
  • Be wary of long quotes. You may need to summarize or paraphrase
  • Quote only what you fully understand

Note Taking

When copying material, whether using copy/paste, making photocopies or handwriting onto notecards, remember to:

  • Take your own notes. DO NOT copy/paste into your paper.
  • Organize your notes so you can easily identify what you intend to use and how.
  • Know the FORMAT of the source you are using: Book; eBook; Article from a print magazine/newspaper; Article from a magazine/newspaper in a library database; Website, whether part or the entire website; Article from a journal on a website, etc. I
  • Note the citation information so you can easily cite the source (Writing / Citing)