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Laupus Library Orientation: Citing


1) Students will be able to create citations in the required citation style for their program of study.

2) Students will be able to identify helpful citation tools, including citation generators.

Before leaving this page you should:

  • Click through the Slideshare tutorial for step by step instructions about using OneSearch to create citations (~5 minutes)
  • Practice using the Guide on the Side tutorial about using OneSearch to create citations for you (~5 minutes)
  • Familiarize yourself with APA Style using the APA Citation Style 6th Edition research guide (~15 minutes)
  • Read through the East Carolina University plagiarism information (~2 minutes)

Citing in OneSearch


Plagiarism is a serious offense at East Carolina University. The ECU Student Handbook defines plagiarism as "Copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting same as one's own original work." For more information see The Code of Conduct.
Tips for avoiding plagiarism The First Year Writing Studio at ECU offers the following suggestions for avoiding plagiarism:

  • Place quotation marks around direct quotes.
  • Paraphrase your source information. This means more than rearranging the structure of a sentence or changing a few words. A good way to do this is to figure out what the source means to you and then writing this down without looking at the source.
  • Document all quotes and paraphrased information, and provide a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
  • In your notes, record quotes, paraphrases, and summaries in an orderly manner so that the page number, source, author/editor, and publication information are carefully noted.

Links for more information

How to Avoid Plagiarism: An Online Tutorial
From Rutgers University

You Quote It, You Note It
From Acadia University

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
From Duke University

Citing in OneSearch

Citing Sources

Online Research Management Tool
Refworks - Once users register to use this software, they can store their citations here and later format them in various styles.