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ABI INFORM: How to Search It

A guide to searching, viewing, printing and saving content provided by Proquest's ABI INFORM database, one of the library's premier business resources.

Citing Sources

Avoid Plagiarism

A basic characteristic of scholarly work is citing the sources used or referred to or borrowed from.  It is academic dishonesty to use ideas from (even if you put them in different words), paraphrase, or quote from someone else’s work without acknowledging the other source.

If you use someone else’s work—their words, ideas, art  work, music, Web pages, software, or some other expression—you must acknowledge the author or creator.  Failure to do so is an unethical practice called plagiarism.  Stetson has an official policy regarding plagiarism in the Student Code of Conduct.

For more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it, go to the following sites:

Style Manuals

To avoid plagiarism, writers, musicians, web page designers, and others need to acknowledge where they got their ideas, quotes, music, or images.  There are conventional forms of acknowledging that you have used someone else’s work.  There are different forms of citation for many academic disciplines.  In other words, each discipline has its own preferred way of citing sources.  Many disciplines have published their preferred citation conventions in what is called a style manual or style guide.

In citing any source (book, journal article government document, Web site, whatever), be sure you have the following relevant elements for your notes and bibliography or works cited page:

  1. Author.  This may be an individual person, a government agency, a department within a larger entity (for example, the Sociology Department at a university), or a business.
  2. Title of the journal article, newspaper article, chapter from a book, government document, or Web site AND title of the journal, newspaper, or book
  3. Name of electronic database (if the article was retrieved through a database on the Web)
  4. URL to Web site
  5. Date of publication or date last visited on the Web
  6. Volume number and issue number if the material is from a magazine, newspaper, or scholarly journal
  7. Pages of the journal article or book

If what you need to cite does not fall into any of these categories, check with your professor as to what information you will need to properly acknowledge the source.

Check with your classroom professors to see what citation style is required.

The most common style manuals used in college papers are the following:

The AMA Style Guide for Business Writing. Ready Ref. HF 5726 .A49 1996. New York: AMACOM (American Management Association).

The Chicago Manual of Style.  Ready Ref. Z 253 .C572.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Ready Ref. LB 2369 .G53.  New York: The Modern Language Association.  

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.   Ready Ref. BF 76.7.P83. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Turabian, Kate.  A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Ready Ref. LB 2369 .T8. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  (Usually referred to as just “Turabian”)

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