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Carroll Community College Library

Citation Check Policy

Librarians will perform APA and MLA citation checks for your assignments. This is a drop-in service during normal on-campus operating hours, but we can also complete citation checks virtually! Please e-mail with a Microsoft Word attachment and indicate which style you are using. Librarians will reply within 24 business hours during the M-F workweek (see our hours on the library homepage).

Librarians will only check each assignment one time, so only submit your final drafts after carefully reviewing the relevant CCC style guides (comprehensive coverage of in-text citations, templates, and sample citations) and checklists (common errors):

Assignments demonstrating one of more of the following characteristics will be returned by the librarian without comment:

  • Little to no text formatting (italics, quotation marks, indenting, double-spacing)
  • Citations are missing required bibliographic information (e.g. only listing title/author or web site links)
  • References are obviously copied and pasted from databases or web sites
  • Documents with significant formatting or readability issues

Citing & Evaluating Resources

CCC Documents

External links

Need help citing sources?  Librarians are citation specialists.

Call the Reference Desk at 410-386-8340 or email

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"