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Wolcott English 101

Citing Sources and Plagiarism

MLA Style 8th Edition is the format that will be used within this class. 

For more information on in-text citations, how to do a works cited page, or how to format a paper in MLA Style, please refer to the Purdue Owl Website. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me or the writing center. 

Remember to avoid plagiarism! 

To avoid plagiarism you need to recognize when credit is due. Types of plagiarism include direct copying, paraphrasing, and using another person's idea, opinion, or theory. Take a look at the table below:

You Must Give Credit When Using: Credit Is Not Needed When Using:
  • Summaries, paraphrases, or direct quotations from a source
  • Reprints of diagrams, charts, illustrations, or pictures Little-known facts
  • Other people's opinions
  • Results of other people's research (opinion polls, case studies, statistics, etc.)
  • Quotations or paraphrases from people you interview
  • Common knowledge (facts that can be found in many places and are likely to be known by many people)
  • Your own ideas, opinions, experiences, and conclusions
  • Your own research (surveys or observations)

For more information on how to avoid plagiarism, refer to the VVC library webpage on Plagiarism.

 

More Help: The Writing Center

If you need more help on your writing assignments, please refer to the Writing Center, which is now available online, including live online tutoring, workshops, and traditional tutoring. Workshops are on ConferZoom from 11-12 and 3-4 pm Monday through Thursday and from 12-1 on Fridays.

How to access the online workshops:

Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 245-4271, ext. 2740, or servicedesk@vvc.edu
Click on the “Tuoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
Click on “ConferZoom” located on the left
Click on the scheduled workshop based on the day and time
Click “Join”

 

How to access the live online tutoring:

Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 245-4271, ext. 2740, or servicedesk@vvc.edu
Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
Click on “Pisces Online Tutoring” located on the left
Scroll down and click on “Writing”
Click “One-on-one live rooms”

Traditional online tutoring through the Writing Center’s website:

 http://www.vvc.edu/offices/writing_center/online_tutor.shtml