Avoiding plagiarism and citing your sources is key

A very basic definition of plagiarism is to take someone else's work or ideas and pass them off as your own. Plagiarism can be intentional (like buying a paper from someone else or purposefully using another person’s ideas without giving them credit) or unintentional (accidentally forgetting that an idea in your notes isn’t your own and not citing it when you include it in a paper or project). It’s important to take detailed notes so you’ll always remember when and where to give credit to your sources!

By citing the sources you use for your research, you’ll be accomplishing three things:

  • You’ll avoid plagiarizing and give proper credit to your sources, thereby demonstrating academic integrity.

  • You’ll demonstrate the scope of your research and establish your credibility on your topic.

  • You’ll provide your reader with a trail to follow to locate the sources you used so they can read more about your topic.


Tips for citing your sources:

  • Visit the Find Citation and Writing Style Guides page on the Music-Related Databases Guide to find links to the Purdue Online Writing Lab – which has examples for Chicago, APA, and MLA style citations – and the Chicago Manual of Style Online.

  • These guides to citations are extremely helpful, but they don’t all include examples for each type of music-related resource you might want to cite. Jessica is creating a detailed guide for citing music sources, but in the meantime, see below for examples of Chicago-style citations for streaming audio and video sources, entries from music encyclopedias, and recording liner notes, as well as some tips for formatting citations just right!

  • Many databases (and even the Libraries catalog) include a “Cite This” button, but these automatic citation generators often make mistakes. Be sure to double-check the formatting of the citations they create using the citation resources linked from the MUS 1804: World Music Guide!

  • If you’re using a reference management program like Zotero, EndNote, or Mendeley to keep track of your sources and create citations, double-check the formatting – these programs often make formatting mistakes when generating citations.

  • If you have questions about citations or need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jessica!

Last Updated: Sep 7, 2021 9:59 AM