When you use an outside source such as a book, article or webpage for your research by either direct quote or paraphrase and/or summary, you must list that source in your References (APA) or Works Cited (MLA) page. A citation allows you to give credit to those authors whose research you are using and allows your readers to find and examine those sources. Please remember to cite all the sources you use in your paper. It is an important step in avoiding Plagiarism (see John Jay College’s Policy on Academic Integrity).
There are numerous citation styles to follow when creating an annotated bibliography, References page (APA) or Works Cited page (MLA). Use our research guide on Citation Styles for help with citing your sources properly.
You will find a more detailed discussion of the style and additional examples in the print copy of the manual (Call Number BF76.7 .P83 2010) that is located by the reference desk on the 2nd floor of the library.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as “the action or practice of taking someone else’s work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one’s own”. In other words, using someone else’s idea(s) and/or research without giving them credit. Plagiarism is a serious matter (see CUNY and John Jay College's statement on Academic Integrity). Some common types of plagiarism can be (and are not just limited to) cutting and pasting without citing an original source, incorrectly paraphrasing material, and making up citations. Please remember to be careful and cite all the sources you use in your paper. We have handouts that specifically deal with how to cite material in a variety of formats properly.
They can be found online HERE
You will find a more detailed discussion of the style and additional examples in the print copy of the manual (Call Number LB2369 .G53 2009) that is located by the reference desk on the 2nd floor of the library.