Avoid Plagiarism

Learning to avoid plagiarism in your writing is crucial for a successful academic career. Take a look at our resources for properly citing sources. Give us a call or make an appointment with a reference librarian if you have questions. You can make an appointment with the Writing Center for in-depth help.

Helpful Tools
Avoiding Plagiarism Video Tutorial This short tutorial shows how to properly incorporate sources into your paper using summaries, paraphrasing, and direct quotes.

KnightCite An online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) OWL resources help you learn how to use APA, MLA, Chicago citation and format styles.

WorldCat Connects to collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, provides book citations. 

Valencia College MLA and APA guides give examples of all types of citations, print and electronic, with each element of the citation identified and labeled.

ACC Handouts

APA Citations

MLA Citations

Chicago Citations


ACC Academic Misconduct Statement
Plagiarizing, cheating, or committing any other form of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized collaboration, falsification of information, and/or helping someone else violate reasonable standards for academic behavior. Students who engage in any type of academic dishonesty are subject to both academic consequences as determined by the instructor and to disciplinary action as outlined in the Arapahoe Community College Disciplinary Procedures.


Arapahoe Community College is committed to academic honesty and scholarly integrity. The College can best function and accomplish its mission in an atmosphere of the highest ethical standards. All members of the College community are expected and encouraged to contribute to such an environment by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. Academic misconduct violations include but are not limited to:

Plagiarism - includes, but is not limited to:

  1. The use, by summary, paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment
  2. Submission of examinations, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, undocumented quotations, computer-processed materials, or other material as one's own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person (including electronic media sources)
  3. The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials (including electronic media)
  4. Handing in the same paper in more than one class

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