Plagiarism occurs when a writer—intentionally or unintentionally—presents the work, words, thoughts, or ideas of others as his or her own. Plagiarism is a serious violation of the Barton College Honor Code to which all faculty and students are bound.
Avoiding plagiarism is easily accomplished by making sure that your reading notes include all the information you will need to create accurate citations in your work (e.g., papers, posters, PowerPoint presentations) to acknowledge the source of the ideas, statistics, or other details that you use to present a convincing argument. Although the original germ of the ideas may come from other sources, the way you combine and synthesize the material becomes your contribution to the field.
In-text citations appear in the body text of your paper to acknowledge the source of the ideas or data discussed in your paper. APA uses the author–date (author’s last name, year of publication) system of in-text citations that encloses the citation within parentheses. Citations are typically placed at the end of the sentence that first presents the idea, fact, date, reference to a study, contrasting opinion, or whatever else you have gleaned from a source; the citation precedes the end punctuation for the sentence.