IB students are inquirers and seek out knowledge so that they can better explore the world around them. As part of our school's Academic Honesty Policy and the ACPS Honor Code found in the Student Code of Conduct, students are expected to use proper citations in their work to avoid plagiarism.
Plagiarism is the act of stealing or passing off the ideas or words of another person's as one's own. This happens all too often when work is copied and pasted without proper citation. It is best to quote and cite great ideas that you want to include in your writings and/or projects. Writing ideas and information in your own words helps to avoid stealing another person's work, but you still need to cite the source of your information.
Students at Jefferson-Houston School use MLA (Modern Language Association) style to write papers and cite sources. A citation is a written record of the information other people need to find the source that you used in your work. Citations are required for research papers and in writing assignments in which you use works written by other people for guidance and inspiration.
"There are many reasons why it is important to cite the resources that you consult when researching a paper. The most important of these are:
- Gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not).
- Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted.
- Provides evidence of your research.
- Properly citing materials is one strategy to help you avoid plagiarizing."
"Why Citations Matter." The University of Vermont Libraries: Bailey/Howe Library. The University of Vermont, 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 02 Apr. 2017. <http://library.uvm.edu/guides/citation/why.php>.
Most of our online resources provide proper MLA citations that can easily be copied and pasted into a Works Cited page. We encourage students to use EasyBib to help create citations for works that do not include proper citation notes.
EasyBib includes an MLA Citation Guide that will walk you through the different types of citations you may need to write. Please contact your Langauge Arts teacher or the Librarian, Ms. Facemire, with any questions you may have about creating a citation.