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Architecture Research Guide

Citation & Plagiarism Awareness

What is a citation?

  • A citation is the basic information required to identify and locate a specific source (e.g. book, book chapter, article, website, video, etc).
  • Different academic disciplines have specific guidelines for organizing material and citing sources. These rules are published as style manuals.

Why do we cite our sources?

  • Accurate and complete citations help avoid plagiarism.
  • Citing your sources properly gives credit to the original author.
  • Citations allow others find the sources you used in your research. Your credibility is established by using academic sources.


What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is "presenting within one’s own work the ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper acknowledgement of that person’s authorship." (3.1.3 TCC Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities)

To avoid plagiarism make sure to correctly paraphrase (put into your own words) and include citations for information that was not your original thought. For more information, please explore the links below or reach out to a librarian using Ask  A Librarian!

What is Plagiarism? Information for TCC Students (6:46)

Sources Created by TCC Librarians for MLA 

MLA 9th Edition Help


AMA is used by some disciplines in health professions and has been designed specifically for use in medical fields.

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AMA Manual of Style
Call Number: R119 .A533 2007





Legal Citations
The Bluebook is used to create citations for legal documents.

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The Bluebook (20th Edition)
Call Number: Reference KF245 .B58 2015






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The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press)





CSE (Council of Science) Format

Developed by the Council of Science Editors (CSE), CSE format is used for scientific publishing. The latest update is the 8th edition, published in 2014.



GSA (Geological Society of America) Format

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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition)
Call Number: LB2369 .T8 2013





Additional Web Resources


Formatting Websites

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Below are some options to help you generate a citation. Remember to check citations as no generators are error-free.



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