Writing a research paper requires that you:
That's what citations are for. Unless you are stating your own ideas or common knowledge (such as that the Earth revolves around the sun), you will have to cite the source where the idea comes from.
Citing the sources you use in your paper:
There are different citation styles for different areas of study. APA, Chicago, and MLA are used most. Your instructor may require that you use a specific style for your paper, or let you choose. Whichever citation style you use, make sure you follow the rules and use the same style throughout your paper.
We often think of the citation style as meaning only the 'References' or 'Works Cited' page at the end of a research paper. In fact, a citation style governs:
Check out our guides for each style, or learn even more at the Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab.
It's easy to get citations from most sources. Watch this video to learn how.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person's words or ideas as if they were your own. This includes:
Plagiarism is an academic offense and can have severe consequences. At Butte College, the consequences of plagiarism can range from failing a course to long-term suspension from the College.
While some students plagiarize with intent, many students commit plagiarism unintentionally. So it is important to be aware of different forms of plagiarism and make sure you avoid mistakes. Watch this video to learn about avoiding plagiarism.
The citation generator links below can help you format your citations using forms and prompts. Just choose your style and type of source.
Get your paper and citations checked at the Center for Academic Success (CAS).