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Basic Citation Guidelines 1 KUWC, April 2010 Basic Citation Guidelines Consider times when someone has taken credit for your work whether at school, in the workplace, or in other situations. Ideas, words, artwork, music, videos, and other tangible products you create are yours, and no one has the right to take those products and pass them off as their own, whether intentionally or unintentionally. To do so is simply stealing and the people doing this are misrepresenting themselves. When it comes to writing, this principle is adhered to strictly in both school and the workplace. In fact, there have been several highly publicized instances where people have suffered severe consequences for using others’ ideas or words without permission. They have lost millions of dollars, and they also have been publicly humiliated by being called out on national television, in addition to facing the prospect of no one ever publishing their work again. People lose jobs and ruin careers when they do not provide proper credit for work they borrow from someone else. This handout is designed to help you avoid such problems by providing you with the basics behind citation, such as why and when we cite. While you are in school, you will be asked to apply this information to your own writing assignments by using a particular style guide. There are numerous style guides, and although no one style guide is used as a standard across Kaplan University, you will be shown how to look up and cross-reference source information you use for your own papers against a style guide. Linked Table of Contents Plagiarism Summarizing KU Plagiarism Policy How Do We Cite? Self-Plagiarism Rules for Citation What is Citation? Citing Electronic Sources In-Text Citation Citing Graphics Full Citation Fair Use and Public Domain Why Do We Cite? Common Knowledge When Do We Cite? Quotations Paraphrasing
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Basic Citation Guidelines 2 KUWC, April 2010 What Is Plagiarism? Plagiarism occurs when you steal words, ideas, or artwork by using someone else’s work and not giving credit to the original authors or artists. When you do not cite where or whom you borrowed ideas, words, or artwork from, you are passing those ideas, words, or artwork off as your own, as your original creations; thus, you are stealing and taking credit for work you did not do. Whether intentional or not, that is plagiarism. Think of it this way: If you don’t mean to cheat on your taxes but you calculate your taxes wrong, the IRS still penalizes you. The same concept holds true for plagiarism. You might not intend to plagiarize; however, if you don’t know how or when to cite when you borrow information, you are still guilty of stealing someone else’s work. Therefore, it is crucial to learn the rules and use citation properly to avoid plagiarism. Kaplan University has a firm plagiarism policy and you should be aware of what that policy is. You
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