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Avoiding Plagiarism

Guilford defines plagiarism broadly as presenting the interpretations, wording, images or original conceptions of others as one’s own without appropriate acknowledgment. Individual faculty members determine what constitutes “appropriate acknowledgment” within the context of their courses, either by specifically stating requirements or by acknowledging the standard practice within a given discipline. The charge of plagiarism applies to any and all academic work whether done inside or outside of the classroom and whether submitted as a rough draft or a final product (Guilford College Academic Honor Code, Office of the Academic Dean).

The resources below instruct your use of others' work and ideas:

MLA Style Guide

For MLA citations, please consult the MLA Handbook in our library catalog, and we recommend the Seneca Libraries online guide and Purdue OWL online guide to learn how to format and write citations in MLA Style.

You can also access tutorial videos from Hoonuit. Log in with your Guilford credentials and search for the course MLA (8th Ed.) Research Paper Basics.

Among these tutorial videos, you will find examples of how to properly cite some of the most common source types, such as books and journal articles.

Chicago Style Guide

For Chicago Style citations, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style or A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations in the library catalog, and we recommend the Purdue OWL online guide.

Tutorial Videos from Atomic Learning (log in with your Guilford credentials):

See the full Chicago/Turabian tutorial here.

Turabian Style Guide

Differences between Chicago & Turabian Citation Styles:

Chicago and Turabian Styles are nearly identical. Essentially Turabian aims to simplify some of the aspects of Chicago for students writing research papers not intended for publication. 

The most important difference between Chicago and Turabian Style is the numbering system for notes.

Chicago uses a number in parentheses followed by a period, a space and then the source information (1. Chicago Manual of Style).

Turabian utilizes superscript¹ in the text of the paper and in the footnotes. The superscript number is followed by the source information (¹Turabian Style).

Like Chicago Style, Turabian utilizes different citation systems (Author-Date or Notes-Bibliography) and you should check your assignment instructions to determine which system your instructor wants you to utilize.  For a paper written for the humanities you will most likely utilize Notes-Bibliography and for most other disciplines (particularly the sciences) you would typically use the Author-Date system.