Plagiarism and Citation

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Citation Management Software can make your research go much smoother. Keep track of all the material you find in one place and create correctly formatted citations and bibliographies with a few clicks of the mouse. PDPU Libraries supports four options:

[Citation Linker]

  • EndNote [PDPU Students & Faculty trial download from the
    • EndNote Research Guide
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  • RefWorks  –Refworks is a web-hosted service. No software download is necessary.
    • RefWorks Research Guide
    • To arrange for a RefWorks workshop or tutorial, please contact Vera Spika at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Mendeley –Mendely is a hybrid desktop, web-hostedcitation and pdf manager. It includes research finding tools and social networking. You can create an account and download the software at the link.
  • Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

WHAT IS CITATION?                                                     

A "citation" is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again, including:

  • information about the author
  • the title of the work
  • the name and location of the company that published your copy of the source
  • the date your copy was published
  • the page numbers of the material you are borrowing


Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:

  • citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find out more about your ideas and where they came from
  • not all sources are good or right -- your own ideas may often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources. Proper citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else's bad ideas
  • citing sources shows the amount of research you've done
  • citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas


Not at all. On the contrary, citing sources actually helps your reader distinguish your ideas from those of your sources. This will actually emphasize the originality of your own work.


Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you need to acknowledge their source. The following situations almost always require citation:

  • whenever you use quotes
  • whenever you paraphrase
  • whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
  • whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
  • whenever someone else's work has been critical in developing your own ideas.
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