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Business Administrative Technology: Writing and Citing

The Business Administrative Technology program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in a variety of positions in today’s technology-driven workplaces.

Online Citation Guides

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism = Using someone else's words, thoughts, or work without proper attribution through citation. 

Source:  Martin, Phillip. "Plagiarism." Image. Free Clip Art by Phillip Martin. Web.  5 Nov. 2012. 

Committing plagiarism, intentionally OR accidentally, can result in a grade of 0 and other serious repercussions.

When Should I Cite?

Unfortunately, there isn't an exact science when it comes to citations. The below list will give you some guideance when trying to figure out citations, but it is important to remember that when in doubt, cite.

Common occurances when citations are required:

1. Quotations - Any direct quote, no matter how long or short, must be placed in quotation marks and a citation must be used.

2. Paraphrase - Paraphrase is a restatement of another person’s thoughts or ideas in your own words, using your own sentence structure. Though you don't need to use quotation marks, you still need to cite the source.

3. Summary - The main idea(s) of a paragraph, section, or entire article are combined into a sentence written in your own words.

4. Data - Data is specific information, often numerial, that someone would need to look up in order to know.

Writing & Citing Guides

RESEARCH TIP: Many databases like those in GALILEO now offer citations for their content in MLA and other common styles. Look for a Cite or similar link when you're viewing a database record for an article or other resource that you need to cite. Keep in mind that these citations are only guidelines and should be checked against current citation standards.

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