Welcome to the “everything you need to know about proper attribution” page! Here you’ll find resources on everything you need to properly cite a resource.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
How do you know if you need to cite it? Easy! if it’s not your own idea, and if it’s not “common knowledge“, then you need to give credit to the creator. Otherwise, you are stealing intellectual property. Music, film, images, written ideas… all are the intellectual property of the creator. It pays to be creative!
HOW DO I CITE THE MOST COMMON RESOURCES LIKE BOOKS, ARTICLES, FILMS, AND IMAGES?
You can readily find the specific rules for citing the most common resources on the internet. At Canadian Academy, we use the APA, and one of the best guides for using APA is the Perdue University’s On-Line Writing Lab.
If you’re in a rush, try using Noodle Tools. This cite allows you to pick the type of source you are using, plug in the relevant information, and it will generate the citation for you.
WHAT IF I READ THE ARTICLE AND THEN SUMMARIZE THE INFORMATION IN MY OWN WORDS?
Changing clothes does not make you a different person. Similarly, rewording an original idea does not change the true origin of the idea.
Here’s a quick, 3 minute video that might shed some light on what’s ok and what’s not.