Our goal in the library is to support all researchers in identifying, finding, evaluating, and managing the resources needed for scholarly pursuit. All too often, students, in particular, consider citing and managing sources as what comes at the end of the research process. We understand students, entrenched in finding, analyzing, and evaluating sources, do not always stop and take careful notes.
Students think they can find it again later when polishing their draft. However, this practice is neither efficient or smart. Careless note-taking will NOT excuse you of plagiarism at GU-Q.
The art of citation is a critical skill for all in the GU-Q community. Learning more about why you cite and how to cite can assist you in avoiding plagiarism. That is to say, when you are quoting or parapharsing another's thoughts or ideas, you must cite that author's work. In doing so, you are showcasing both the author's analyses and ideas as proof of your own analyses or new idea in your writing or presentation.
However, more than simply avoiding charges of plagiarism or violations of the Honor Council here at GU-Q, you are demonstrating your understanding of the process of scholarly writing and situating yourself as a scholarly writer into this community of inquiry.
Knowledge from Knowledge...
Consider this analogy. Here at GU-Q we often refer to writing a research paper or organizing a scholarly presentation as "joining a conversation," and this conversatation is a three step process.
Students, especially, are expected to do the following:
When you properly cite a source, you are showcasing both the author's analyses and ideas as proof of your own analyses or new idea in your writing.
So...What do you need to cite?
As an emerging scholarly writer, you do have life experiences, ideas, and knowledge to share with the GU-Q community.
Here is a short list of those elements you do NOT need to cite: