Research papers, Qualifying Projects, and other writing that incorporates information or ideas from sources must include suitable documentation of the sources.
By documenting your sources you:
Plagiarism is using the words information ideas of another without properly documenting them. The WPI Academic Honesty Policy clearly specifies that plagiarism, the misrepresentation of the work of another as your own, is an act of academic dishonesty. It is also academically dishonest to allow another person to copy your work and present it as his/her own work. Cases of deliberate plagiarism can result in loss of credit for the assignment or the course project during which the plagiarism is committed. A serious act of plagiarism can result in the student's suspension from WPI.
Students will avoid plagiarism by learning to use and cite sources correctly.
You must provide a citation when:
Citations at the end of your paper should always tell you:
Citation styles vary in how they present this information, but generally, these elements are always included.
Depending on the citation style you are using, in-text citations may take one of the following forms:
Check with your professor or project advisor about which citation style is appropriate to your field and topic.
Most chemistry research uses some version of the ACS (American Chemical Society) citation style. The guides linked below go over different types of chemical information and how to cite them in ACS.
Queen's University Library - How to Cite Chemical Literature
Gordon Library - ACS Citation Examples
You can also use citation management tools, such as Zotero, to organize, share, and automate your citations.