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

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.

LibraryLynx Connects to collections at ACC as well as 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

Avoiding Plagiarism Flowchart (accessible version)


ACC Academic Misconduct Statement

(Revised November 2014)

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 encourage d to contribute to such an environment by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. Academic misconduct violations include but are not limited to: 

  1. 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 The use, by summary, paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full, clear, and accurate citations. Common knowledge does not need to be cited. However, common knowledge may differ among academic disciplines. When in doubt, cite the source. 
    2. Submitting examinations, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, undocumented quotations, web-based 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 is generally considered self-plagiarism. Students must first discuss and receive written permission from the instructor to use the same paper in more than one course.
    5. Faculty will use various methods, including plagiarism detection software, to determine academic dishonesty.
  2. Cheating - includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.
    2. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.
    3. Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
    4. Collaborating on projects, assignments, or exams where such collaboration is expressly forbidden by the instructor or where the syllabus states the default must be the student’s own work.
  3. Fabrication - includes, but is not limited to:
    1. The falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise.
    2. Using “invented” information in any laboratory experiment or other academic exercise of research without permission of the instructor.
    3. Misrepresenting the actual source from which information is cited (such as citing a quote from a book review as though it came from the original work).
  4. Grade tampering - includes, but is not limited to: forging or otherwise altering grades, transcripts, course withdrawal forms, or other academic documents.
  5. Misuse of computers and other technology - includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Illegally or without prior permission accessing a computer hard drive or software.
    2. Preprogramming a calculator, computer, or cellphone to contain answers or other unauthorized information for examinations.
    3. Stealing or destroying the academic work of another through electronic means.
  6. Facilitating academic misconduct - includes but is not limited to:
    1. Knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit any act of academic dishonesty.
    2. Substituting for another person in an examination.
    3. Allowing another to copy one’s work in an examination or other academic exercise.
  7. Violation of course rules as contained in program regulations or guidelines and established by departments, regulatory boards, or licensing bodies. Those found in violation may be subject to disciplinary sanctions under the Arapahoe Community College Disciplinary Procedures as well as academic penalties imposed by the class instructor, up to and including failure of the course.

Please note: no distinction will be made between intentional and unintentional academic misconduct.

Questions? Please ask!