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AP History Research: Citing & Plagiarism

An introduction to the Alvin Sherman Library and its resources to be used by Broward County high school students in AP History classes.

Why Cite?

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper, you must provide a proper citation.

Proper citations:

  • give credit to the author
  • enable others to locate the resource you cited
  • improve the credibility of your work, especially if you cited authoritative sources

If you use other people's ideas without properly giving them credit, you are committing plagiarism, which is a serious NSU honor code violation as well as a federal crime.

Citation Styles:

The format of a proper citation depends upon the citation style being used.  Most commonly, students are required to use APA or MLA.  

For consistency, both of these styles provide specific standards for:

  • citing within the body of a paper (in text)
  • a bibliography or reference list at the end of a paper

How to Know When to Cite:

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