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How to Use the Library Online: Internet Sites

Citing Your Sources

A citation is a record of where you encountered a certain idea. Citing your sources keeps your work free of plagarism.

Cornell University's Library Guide to Evaluating Websites for Research

Using Electronic Resources

The Internet and other digital sources of information are widely used tools for research, but since they are still relatively new tools, various disciplines are still deciding what the correct way to document electronic sources is, and disciplines are constantly changing their minds as to what the most appropriate ways are.

To ensure accuracy, it's always best to consult the style manual and/or accompanying website for your discipline first before consulting other sources. Purdue University has a complete list of style manuals on their resources for documenting sources in the disciplines page, which also provides links to general information about documenting print sources (and in some cases, electronic sources). Other ways to determine the style you should use are to ask your instructor for guidelines or resources, or to locate the official website for publications in your discipline and see if they have any guidelines or style manuals available.


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What is Plagiarism?

The Appalachian State University Academic Integrity Code defines plagiarism as "presenting the words or ideas of another as one's own work or ideas."