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Citing Sources

According to the ACPHS Academic Integrity Policy, plagiarism is "Work that gives the reader the impression that the work, words or ideas of others are the author’s own, without appropriate reference to the original source" Citing your sources is an important way to avoid plagiarism.


Citing your sources gives credit to the authors whose work and ideas you used in your paper. Citing not only indicates when you are using someone else's work, but also gives your reader the information needed to go back to the original source of the idea, information and/or quoted phrase.

There are numerous ways to cite your sources, also called citation styles. Assignments at ACPHS generally require you use one of three styles. Please check with your instructor for the style you are to use.

Citation Style Guides

Use these guides for quick reference on citing your sources properly.

APA (American Pyschological Association) is most commonly used in the social sciences.

MLA (Modern Language Association) is most commonly used in the humanities, especially when writing about language and literature.

Vancouver style is most commonly used when writing about medicine.

Consult with your instructor about which style you are expected to use for your assignment.

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