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Online Learning Guide: Citation Tools

An introduction to distance learning library resources and services available to support online students at HCTC.

Document Sources

What's wrong with just copying and pasting from my sources into my assignment? Isn't that what everyone does?

Documenting sources will help you avoid plagiarizing someone else's work.

Plagiarizing can have serious consequences for college students. They can failing assignments or classes and even getting kicked out of school. 

Students can avoid plagiarism by submitting original work and by properly documenting their sources of information. There are three key steps to documenting (citing) sources:

  • creating a bibliography
  • accurately summarizing or paraphrasing key ideas
  • formatting in-text citations
See the KCTCS Student Code of Conduct section 2.3 about plagiarism.

Create a Bibliography of Sources

Use the resources on this page and your class textbooks to create a bibliography of the sources you have collected so far for your project. A bibliography is just a list of the sources that you use in a project: books, articles, websites, interviews, etc. Each source is called a citation.

A bibliography is usually formatted in MLA, APA, or Chicago style. This means that there will be rules about what information to list and how to list it. Check with your professor to see which style to use.

What's the Difference in Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing?

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