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When you write a research paper or report you need to include a bibliography or a list of the books, articles, or other publications that you used in your research. Citing your sources:
Lets your readers know that what you write is based on established research, that you didn't just make it up.
It helps any readers who want to retrace your steps or recreate your work.
And it demonstrates your knowledge of the field and your familiarity with the professional literature.
Many guides are available to help students format citations for bibliographies and notes. These guides are called STYLE MANUALS. Use the style manual recommended by your professor. If your professor does not recommend a style manual, choose one of the commonly used manuals such as APA, MLA, or Turabian. See FAQ: How Do I Write a Citation? for links and more information.
Ethics and Plagiarism
Simply put, plagiarism is copying someone's work and presenting as your own. It is unethical, a form of cheating, and a serious offense that can result in failing a course or being suspended from the University.
Cal Poly Pomona's Student Conduct & Integrity office (formerly Judicial Affiars) provides information to help you avoid plagiarism. You'll also find information about the consequences of plagiarizing.
This website provides guidance and models for the types of documents written by engineers - lab reports, progress reports, instructions, etc. Also included are writing exercises and hints for presentations.