The term plagiarism means presenting other people's words or ideas in your work as though they were your own ideas.
Read this quick tutorial on how to use other people's words and ideas in your work without plagiarizing.
This online resource is a great starting point for how to cite sources in the most commonly used styles.
Always consult with your professor to determine which style you should use for any paper or project. For citation help, ask for assistance at the library reference desk or the Meredith College Learning Center.
Chicago Style refers to two different citation styles. Please ask your instructor which version to use. Note that "Turabian Style" is very similar to Chicago Style, with a few minor differences.
The Humanities version (often used in Art, History, and Religion) involves footnotes and a bibliography.
The Author-Date version (often preferred in the social sciences) involves in-text citations and a reference list.
MLA Style involves parenthetical citations within the paper, plus a list of works cited at the end of the paper.
APA Style involves parenthetical citations within the paper, plus a reference list at the end of the paper.
Other Citation Styles
ACS (American Chemical Society)
- The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information - Reference Collection, R 808.065554 Ac78c
- ACS Style Guidelines (UW-Madison Libraries) - Examples for in-text citations and bibliography entries.
AMA (American Medical Association) or NLM (National LIbrary of Medicine)
- AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors - Reference Collection, R 808.06661 Am11
- Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors and Publishers (National LIbrary of Medicine)
CSE (Council of Science Editors)
- Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors,and Publishers - Reference Collection, R 808.066 Sci279 2014
- CSE Documentation Style (Univ. of Wisconsin) - Examples for in-text citations and bibiography entries.
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EndNote: Online Citation Management Tool
EndNote is a web-based tool that allows you to store and manage your research sources, and helps you create citations in the style of your choosing (MLA, APA, etc.).
EndNote accounts are free for Meredith College students, faculty and staff.
For more information:
Many research databases such as EBSCO and ProQuest offer "cite this item" features, which generate citations in the most popular styles (MLA, APA, etc.) for any source that you find. You can then copy-paste these directly into your papers.
WARNING: Be sure to double-check these citations against the rules for proper style, since they are NOT always accurate.