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Folklore and Fantasy: Citations &Plagiarism

Folklore and fantasies are stories, legends, and oral histories of cultures that have been passed down through generations for hundreds of years.

Citations

Citations are references to sources used in developing research.  If you use some else's ideas or words (quotes), you must record, or cite, the source you used.  While there are many citation styles, the accepted style for literature, arts, humanities and speech is MLA (Modern Language Association).  Psychology, education and some social sciences uses APA (American Psychological Association).  History uses the Chicago Style Guide.  Refer to the following links for specific information and examples. 

Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

"The unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work."

 - The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2d ed.,

If you copy someone else's words into your paper and you do not give the original author appropriate credit for their work, you are plagiarizing. You are stealing the hard work of another person and passing it off as if it were your own effort.

Avoiding plagiarism

Research takes time and organization. Start your project early. Take detailed notes that you can refer back to when it is time to write your final paper. If you need help, you can always ask your professor, librarian or campus writing lab for assistance.

Paraphrasing

You can paraphrase a quote but you still must give credit where credit is due.  That means that even if you paraphrase, you must still cite the source in the text right after the paraphrase and add the correct style citation at the end of the paper.  (And…changing only a few words does NOT constitute paraphrasing.  You really do have to reword the quote and paraphrase in YOUR own words!)

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