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About the Research Process

Citing Your Sources and Plagiarism

Professors will usually require that you use a particular writing and citation style when submitting papers. There are several style manuals available at the reference desk at Mugar and in other libraries. These include:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

Please see our “Citing Your Sources” research guide for resources and links to some online help. Also, you can ask for assistance at a reference desk if you have any questions about using these guides.

Plagiarism is a serious concern and one that the university takes very seriously. Plagiarism involves using the work of someone else and failing to give proper credit or acknowledgment, thereby claiming the information as your own. The Boston University Academic Conduct Code is both a description of the University’s ethical expectations of students as well as a guarantee of students’ rights and responsibilities as members of a learning community. It provides clarity related to policy and procedure regarding academic conduct.

If you are having difficulty deciding when or how to cite sources, please contact your professor or the Reference staff at Mugar Memorial Library.