Very good news: Most of the MCC Library's online databases, as well as its eBook collections, provide you with ready-made citations (MLA or APA) that you can just cut and paste into your document.
Librarians and tutors in the MCC Learning Commons can also look over your citations before you submit your work. Librarians can even help you relocate an article for which you have incomplete information.
There are three ways to use information from someone else's, or your own, work responsibly and ethically in your own work. In all three cases, you must give credit to the creator of that information by citing their work.
Quoting – Quote by copying the exact words from a source into your paper, and putting quotation marks around them. You quote when the words matter as much as or more than the ideas or information in a passage.
Paraphrasing – Paraphrase by rephrasing a sentence or short passage in your own words. You paraphrase when it's the ideas or information you need to express, and not the exact words.
Summarizing – Summarize by stating the main ideas of a source or section of a source in your own words. You summarize when you want to refer to a long section of a source or to present an overview of one of your source's ideas.
Always include a citation, whether you quote, paraphrase, or summarize.
If you quote, paraphrase or summarize your own writing (from another paper) you must cite yourself. "Recycling" an entire paper from one class for another is considered plagiarism.
Check out "Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing" at Purdue Owl.
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