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Online Learning and Digital Literacy

Welcome to the Research and Citation Help Page

Here you can learn how to research and use databases, how to cite your sources in an assignment, and understand what is plagiarism. 

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What is Citation?

Citation enables you to show that you took words, ideas, or images from somewhere else and used them in your own work. It allows you to give credit to sources used and to distinguish your ideas from the ideas of others. 

Citations appear throughout a written work and (in a longer form) in a list of references.

A reference includes the following information:

  • Name of the author(s)
  • Title of work
  • Where the work is published (ex. name and location of company, website URL, etc.)
  • The date of publication
  • Page numbers

The order in which this information occurs in your citation is called style. Your instructor will tell you to use either APA or MLA Style.

What is plagiarism?

According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, plagiarism is "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."

Plagiarism occurs when you borrow another's words without giving creditPublished words, ideas, and other forms of expression are considered the intellectual property of the creator. Borrowing words and ideas without giving proper credit is a serious offense that can lead to serious consequences. Plagiarism violates NorQuest College's policy and is considered to be academic misconduct and can result in failure or more serious penalties. 

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