Every time you use someone else's ideas and information, including quotations, paraphrased information, graphs, tables, and images you should provide a proper citation.
There are hundreds of different citation styles. The three that are most commonly used at MRU are:
Support for those learning to cite is available in person, and online via both custom MRU sources and many other free online resources. Check out some key resources:
Norms may vary somewhat between disciplines. To find out more about approaches in a particular discipline contact a subject specialist/liaison librarian.
When reviewing documents watch for warning signs that may indicate plagiarism:
Tools: Some tools exist that can help identify matching text. **Note: Tools can detect matching text, but only a person can determine whether plagiarism has occurred.
Discussion with the author: If plagiarism is detected, try meeting with the author and discuss the information to assess their familiarity with the content they submitted.
Subject specialist / liaison librarian: If you suspect plagiarism but are having trouble confirming it using the tools listed here you can contact a subject specialist / liaison Librarian for help. They can provide you with suggestions for additional places to search for potential sources.
There are many reference manager programs you can choose from (even beyond the three listed here). These three do all the basics: manage your references, create in-text citations and bibliographies. You should pick the one that is right for you.
*Free at the moment, but was purchased by Elsevier in 2013.
Mendeley has three parts: Mendeley Web, Mendeley Desktop, Mendeley Citation creator
Generate citations with Mendeley
More Mendeley info can be found on their site, here: http://resources.mendeley.com/