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HSC 180: Introduction to Gerontology

Avoiding Plagiarism

Definition of Plagiarism:

"Stealing and/or using the ideas or writings of another in a paper or report and claiming them as your own.  This includes but is not limited to the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement."  - CSU Code of Student Conduct

Write and cite responsibly!
  • Cite your source for any idea that is not common knowledge.
  • Paraphrasing means integrating your research into your writing. Read thoroughly and filter information through your own understanding. Put it into your own words and include a citation to acknowledge your source.
  • Put quotation marks around direct quotes. 
  • Need help? Check out the citation style guides on this page or make an appointment with the Writing Center at 216-687-6981.

APA Citation Style

Websites and webpages are often difficult to cite! Follow these steps to do the best you can:

  1. Copy and paste the URL into Zbib.
  2. Follow the guidance on the APA Style pages linked below to make corrections if needed:

Database Citation Generator

Many databases have a built-in citation generator!

View the full article description by clicking on the title of the article in your results list. Then use the citation tools on the right-hand side of the page:

  • Cite will display the article's citation in a variety of different citation formats. Scroll down a bit to see the APA citation (7th ed.)
  • Email opens a form where you can enter your own email address. Use the drop-down menu on the form to select APA.

Remember: Online citation generators aren't perfect! They make formatting citations easier than starting from scratch. But you should ALWAYS check the citation and correct any errors. YOU are ultimately responsible for your citations!