Responsible research and writing implies that we respect the intellectual property rights of others: this is the essence of academic integrity. The links on this page will take you to information on how to avoid plagiarism (i.e. the presenting of others' words or ideas as your own) in your writing, and how you can responsibly copy and properly cite your research sources whether these are in print or online. If you have questions about these issues, please ask a librarian, who will be pleased to offer assistance.


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What are Style Guides? Proper citation is important for all scholarly work. Style guides, or style manuals, provide detailed information about how to use a particular citation style for various media formats. The following list is a selection of citation style guides. The electronic guides do not include all the rules and formats of the citation style. For a complete and comprehensive guide to citation style, please access a print copy of the guide.


Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of research sources (e.g. Books, articles, etc.) with a concise summary of the content and an assessment of its relevance. Annotated bibliographies are often assigned at the beginning of a larger project.

Research Essays
A research essay requires the writer to read material in a specific area of focus. This essay style requires the writer to compare their ideas and thoughts with those that they have synthesized from the source material.

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