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English Language Program (ELP)

Library resources for ELP students of all levels

Introduction to citation & plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking someone else's work, ideas, or writing and claiming it as your own. This is against VCU's Student Honor System and is a form of cheating. Students who plagiarize may fail their assignment, fail the class, or be suspended from VCU.

You can prevent plagiarism by citing your sources correctly. Watch the video below to learn more about citation.

Learn to cite your sources

In the United States, citation is an important part of writing papers and other assignments. Below you'll find resources on how and why you should cite, as well as tools that will help you cite them.