"St. Cloud State University (SCSU) expects each student to fulfill his/her academic obligations honestly
and fairly without engaging in cheating, plagiarism, falsification, collusion, or other forms of academic dishonesty. "
St. Cloud State University Academic Integrity Policy
Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction - a video from NCSU Libraries
- Effectively integrating source material from the experts with your own ideas and accurately referencing that source material can lend support to the argument in your paper and credibility to your reputation as a maturing professional in your field
- Providing complete references enables readers who are interested in your topic to find out more about your research
- Just as you expect to receive credit for your work, other authors expect and deserve credit for theirs
If you do not cite your sources you are being academically dishonest and guilty of plagiarism, a violation of SCSU's Student Code of Conduct:
Multiple scholarly organizations and publications have developed systems for documenting and citing sources. The American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) are two of the most common. Many good online guides are available to help you properly cite sources:
American Psychological Association (APA)
- APA Citation Style from Long Island University
- APA Documentation from the University of Wisconsin
- APA Formatting and Style Guide from OWL at Purdue
- MLA Citation Style from Long Island University
Color-coded examples of how to document your sources (i.e. books, journal articles, newspaper articles, etc.) in your works cited page.
- MLA Documentation from the University of Wisconsin
Provides examples for parenthetical citations and works cited lists in MLA style.
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide (2009 Update) (OWL at Purdue)
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities, including English. This resource offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
For additional tools and resouces, consult the library's Citation Styles guide.
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Your first stop for finding scholarly high-quality research. Search the library's physical collection (books, movies, music, government publications, etc.) along with most of the online journals and e-books to which the Library subscribes -- all in a single search. Tip: For scholarly articles, click the check box to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.
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Academic Search Premier (ASP) contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. ASP provides full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
ERIC is the primary database supporting research in all areas of education, including psychology, administration, and library science.
Articles from over 200 newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Provides in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and historical topics. Limit the Source Type to "Scholarly Journals" for peer-reviewed articles.
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