Planning and Documentation are Essential
See the JCC LibGuide for Citation Guides for several commonly used citation styles
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to understand the process of research and writing. Any research takes time, so plan accordingly. You must document all of your sources properly. Most instructors at JCC prefer MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) documentation. You should find out from your instructors which style they prefer you to use. You may be required to use a style book like A Writer s Resource which provides citation examples or you can find handbooks for both styles at the JCC Library. Purdue OWL, The Online Writing Lab from Purdue University is a really good resource for examples of how to cite and write in MLA and APA style. Ask your instructor if you do not understand something about citing your sources or make an appointment for help at the Learning Learning Center by calling 786-2288.