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Why Cite or Reference?

  • To avoid plagiarism
  • —To acknowledge debts to other writers
  • —To verify quotations
  • —To enable all those who read your work to locate your sources easily
  • To enable readers to follow-up and read more fully the cited author’s arguments
  • To demonstrate the body of knowledge upon which your research is based 

It is Plagiarism if you.....

  • —Copy sentences from a web page, a blog, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them.
  • —Copy large chunks of text from one or more original sources and insert it into work.
  • —Use an image or video from any source and do not cite it properly.
  • Quote or paraphrase from another paper without crediting the original author.
  • —Cite data without crediting the original source.
  • —Propose another author’s idea as if it were your own.
  • —Fabricating references or using incorrect references.
  • Submitting someone else’s presentation, program, spreadsheet, or other file with only minor alterations.

Test your knowledge: take Indaiana University's plagiarism quiz




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Basic information needed for citing

—Book                                                    Journal   Article                                                                                                                                               
  • —Author(s)                                         Author(s)                                                                          
  • Title                                                  Article Title
  • Year of Publication                       Article Page Numbers
  • Publisher                                       Journal Title               
  • Place of Publication                    Journal Volume Number
  • Edition (if not the first)                 Journal Issue Number
  •                                                          Year of Publication

Some useful links


Plagiarism-Don't do it


Research and Documentation Online

Literature Review


    Using EndNote Web

    Endnote Web is an online bibliographic/reference management tool available to you free through any of the Research4life databases: HINARI, AGORA, OARE . You must log in to get the full benefit of this tool.

    Go through the powerpoint presentation and the exercises to become familiar with this resource.

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