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Criminal Justice Technology: Writing and Citing

The Criminal Justice Technology program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for Criminal Justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention,

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What Is Plagiarism?

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

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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.


RESEARCH TIP:  This page lists style manuals and citation guides available online or in print at Lanier Tech Libraries.  These resources will help you create your own properly formatted citations for information sources you use in your research assignments.

HOWEVER, be aware that many databases like those in GALILEO offer pre-formatted citations for their content, formatted 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 still need to be checked against current citation standards for accuracy.

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.

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