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The primary reason for citing information sources is to acknowledge and credit the work of others. If you consult books, other print resources, or electronic resources (e.g., web pages, journal articles retrieved from library databases, etc.), you should cite these sources in your bibliography or works cited page.
Auburn University takes plagiarism and academic honesty very seriously. If you are found plagiarizing you could fail your class, and there may be additional consequences at the University level.
Major Citation Styles for Engineers
Major Citation Styles for Engineers
Links to chapter 5 PDF of Publishing in ASCE Journals: Manuscript Submission and Revision Requirements
The ASME site states: "Note: ASME primarily uses the Chicago Manual of Style for reference format. Authors are encouraged to seek out precise instructions via: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/. ASME does not allow references to Wikipedia."
The IEEE says:
"The IEEE Editorial Style Manual (PDF, 823 KB) contains a formal set of editorial guidelines for IEEE Transactions, Journals, and Letters"
"For guidance on grammar and usage not included in the above documents, consult The Chicago Manual of Style, published by the University of Chicago Press."
How to avoid plagiarism
To avoid plagiarizing someone else's words or ideas, make sure you:
Paraphrase the original text in your own words. Be sure you are not just rearranging phrases or replacing a couple of words.
Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
Cite every source of information you use to write your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research. This includes facts, figures, and statistics as well as opinions and arguments
"Word plagiarism occurs when you use another author’s exact words or phrases without quotation marks"- APA's guide on Avoiding Plagiarism and Self Plagiarism:
There are two common types of plagiarism: (a) improper use of someone else’s words and (b) improper use of someone else’s ideas. Both forms of plagiarism involve using someone else’s words or ideas without appropriately acknowledging the author or source.
Write it in your own words!
Annotation Tool: Hypothesis
Use this tool to make notes and annotations in web and pdf documents. Practice paraphrasing in the margins. Keep track of citations by using plug-in.
Engineering & Physics Librarian
If you're still unsure of how to avoid plagiarism, uphold the academic honesty code, or cite sources responsibly, please don't hesitate to contact us!
- Ask a Librarian
Call, chat, text, e-mail, or visit your librarian at the 2nd floor Help Desk in RBD Library.
- Miller Writing Center
The consultants at the Miller Writing Center can help you with any stage of the writing process, including citing sources and incorporating research into your paper.
Online Citation Style Guides
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a very helpful resource for citing almost every source type. They have created a citation style guide for the three main citation styles: APA, MLA, and Chicago.
Purdue OWL APA Formatting & Style Guide
Purdue OWL is seen as the definitive resource for learning APA and MLA style. Their style guide walks students through how to create APA citations for most source types.
Purdue OWL MLA Formatting & Style Guide
Purdue OWL is seen as the definitive resource for learning APA and MLA style. Their style guide walks students through how to create MLA citations for most source types.
Purdue OWL Chicago Formatting & Style Guide
This style guide walks students through how to create Chicago citations for most source types. It utilizes the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Research and Documentation Online provides guidelines for citing both print and electronic sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE (formerly called CBE) styles. Select "Documenting Sources" from the online menu in each subject area.