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Criminal Justice Research Guide: Citing Sources

A guide to resources for criminal justice

Citing & Evaluating Resources

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If you do not give proper credit to the sources of the ideas and quotations of others in your work, you are plagiarizing the information.

Choosing quality sources is an important part of research.  Use the handout and tutorial below to help you:

  • Select the best source/s for your information need and
  • Decide whether or not a source is reputable and provides accurate information that you can rely on for your project. 

Remember that your final product will only be as good as the sources you use.  Choose carefully!

Academic Honesty Pledge

According to the Carroll Community College Catalog, students are required to follow the standards of the Code of Integrity and Academic Honesty.

"Academic honesty means using one's own thoughts and materials in writing papers, . . .  (and) also includes the proper citation of sources of information.  Students are expected to give full credit for the borrowed words and ideas of others."

Instructors will ask students to sign the following pledge regarding the originality of their work:

"I pledge that this work is entirely my own and I have neither given nor received any unauthorized help in its completion"

The Purpose of Citing

The purpose of citing sources is:

  • to identify the origin of ideas, quotations, illustrations, etc. & give credit to that source
  • to avoid plagiarism
  • to enable another reader or the instructor to find the source again

Carroll Community College courses require the use of either the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA) style for citation of sources. 

  • MLA is used in the humanities courses (English, history, philosophy, and the arts)
  • APA is used for mathematics, science, and the social sciences