Citing Your Sources Giving Credit to the Creator – Protecting Against Plagiarism Citing – C-I-T-I-N-G You may use a small amount of someone else’s creative work in your project, paper, or presentation. However, you MUST cite the source of the information in order to prevent plagiarism. How do I do that?? There are several “formats” used today. But we will use APA formatting. It’s one of the most commonly used ways to cite your sources. In every project or paper where you use ideas that are not your own . . . You should create a “Works Cited” page – or bibliography. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use an online citation maker *like bibme.org At bibme.org You can copy/paste a URL (web) address and get a citation for the information you find online. You can type in the name of a book you’re using for information. You can type in the name of a movie, magazine article, newspaper article, journal article . . . AND BIBME CAN HELP YOU CREATE YOUR CITATION. BIBME.ORG will build your “Works Cited” list . . . . . . And then you can print it off, or copy/paste the citations onto a Word document, PowerPoint, or Google Doc. You do need an email account go sign up ... . . . But you all have an email account through school. Your email is through gmail. And it is: Your STUDENT ID @amaisd.org Example: Username: [email protected] Password: YYYYMMDD If you want to use your school email (or use it to sign up for something) . . . Go to the Amarillo ISD homepage: amaisd.org Or just Google – Amarillo ISD Then click on “Student E-Mail.” Then your login page will pull up. From here, you have access to email, Google Docs, etc. Google Docs – like Word, PowerPoint But back to citing your sources using bibme.org Create your account. Use your school email if needed. Create a password you Can remember! As soon as you sign up, it will take your right to the site. Now you can get started citing your sources, creating your bibliography/works cited page. When you find information from a site you want to use, copy the URL address. Highlight the URL. Right click on your mouse/copy (or CTRL C) Then click on “website” on bibme.org, and paste in your URL address. (right click/paste or CTRL V) Click on “Find Website.” Then “Select.” Information will pop up about your site, and you need to add as much as you can. Is there a date the information was published? Who is the sponsor/publisher? Is there an author’s name? Usually, for a credible website, the sponsor or publisher can be found at the bottom of the web page. Look for a date IF you need information that changes quickly – like scientific information, news, etc. For this site, I’m able to add the sponsor, but I see no date. And bibme.org will start your Works Cited page. Be sure to click on APA. Keep adding sources – websites, books, movies, etc. – until your have cited the source of all information you’re using in your project. Bibme.org will save all of your sources until YOU erase them. Each time you come back, you will have to login. Again, you may copy/paste the entries onto your project . . . OR you can download them all to Microsoft Word. And your final bibliography/works cited/reference page is ready to go! When you get to high school or college . . . You might need to check the formatting against an official APA guide. But for now, this is a great tool for citing your sources! I have not committed plagiarism! I cited my sources!