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Criminal Justice: Citing Sources

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What is a citation style?

A citation style is the format used when citing a resource. Styles vary according to discipline. The same elements are there but the formatting is different.

Common citation styles include:

APA (American Psychological Association)


MLA (Modern Language Association)

NLM (National Library of Medicine

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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work, accidentally or intentionally, as your own work.

There are no laws governing plagiarism.  Vice President Joe Biden had to withdraw from the 1988 presidential election when the media accused him of plagiarizing a speech from a British politician - and that is after he was forced to admit plagiarizing in law school!  Michael Belleiles had to resign his professorship at Emory University for plagiarism.  CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria was suspended a month's pay for plagiarism.

The penalties at McNeese State University are covered in the Academic Integrity Policy and the Student Handbook (Code of Conduct).  The professor usually determines the penalty.  More often than not, the penalty is re-doing the assignment in a much shorter period of time, or receiving a significant cut in point.  Penalties for students include receiving an F grade on assignments, receiving an F grade for the course, repeating courses, and suspension or expulsion from school.

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