Students and scholars alike must be respectful of intellectual property. Therefore, when using borrowed material, it is imperative that you properly cite or give credit to the authors whose works you are using.

When submitting assignments in courses offered by the Department of English and Modern Languages, please use the Modern Language Association (MLA) format to cite borrowed material. The particulars of this format are outlined in your style guide or writer’s handbook. Proper citation includes parenthetical citations for paraphrases and quotes followed by a works cited page at the conclusion of your paper or presentation.

If you knowingly or unknowingly use borrowed material from any source—including websites, databases, journals, magazines, books, and so on—and fail to give credit, then you have committed plagiarism.  Plagiarism is a most serious example of academic dishonesty with grave consequences. 

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