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Citing Your Sources
Bibliographic citations are used to create one list of all the books, articles and other information you have used to create your report. A bibliography appears on a separate page at the end of a paper, listing your sources alphabetically by the author's last name.
The most commonly used citation styles are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association) and Turabian, also known as Chicago Style. The style that you use will depend on the type of report you are writing and your instructor's requirements. Regardless of which style you use, it is important that you apply it consistently throughout your work.
The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd Edition defines plagiarism as "literary theft. Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer's language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers' words as their legal property. To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote." Plagiarism is not limited to the written word, it can also be applied to spoken words, musical or cinematic works, or any information that is not common knowledge. Bibliographic citations allow you to legally use material that is not yours by crediting the source of that material.