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CMST 1: Fundamentals of Public Speaking: Citation Help

A guide to help students with their informative and persuasive speeches in CMST 1.


You must cite the sources that you use to avoid plagiarism. All direct quotes must be cited; all ideas or facts taken from some other writer, even though in your own words, must be cited. It is PLAGIARISM if you copy another's words without quoting! If you paraphrase another's ideas or words without giving credit to the author, it is also PLAGIARISM! 

The LPC guide to academic honesty and plagiarism can be found in the Las Positas College Academic Honesty Statement. The LPC Library also offers a Plagiarism Tutorial. Another good student guide from Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services can be found at Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It.

To help you with your citations, the library subscribes to Noodletools! See below for information on Noodletools and how to get started with it.


Generate, edit, and publish an APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian bibliography list that complies with the rules of each of the current guides. It is a Web application that allows you to create and edit your bibliography online. Add and edit references on the fly. It will take care of punctuation and producing a polished source list that's correctly formatted and ready to print!

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