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This is a guide to help students to cite resources correctly and avoid plagiarism in their projects and assignments. The guide will focus on the APA and MLA formats of citations, and will go over what constitutes plagiarism.

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Citations and Plagiarism

The Roxbury Community College Student Handbook defines plagiarism as follows:

Plagiarism, which is defined as the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Taking credit for work done by another person or doing work for which another person will receive credit. Copying or purchasing other’s work or arranging for others to do work under a false name. (p. 56)

According to the RCC Student Code of Conduct, engaging in plagiarism constitutes an act of dishonesty which will be subject to disciplinary action. The handbook is available on the RCC website to read more.

Using correct citations in all your work will help avoid the common pitfalls students run into regarding plagiarism. It is important to remember that summarizing information from a resource requires citation, as well as direct quotations. Ask your professor or a librarian if you ever have questions about what to cite. Learn more about plagiarism with the Library's Plagiarism 101 web tutorial.

Most professors at RCC will require students to use APA or MLA formatting for citations. The APA, or American Psychological Association, is most often used in the social and behavioral sciences. The MLA, or Modern Language Association, is the format of choice for most humanities and liberal arts disciplines. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields don't have one set style, so make sure you double check with your professor what format they require.

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