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Library Research Tutorial: Adapted from Canvas Course

This Research Guide runs through the same information as the Library Tutorial course in Canvas. Use this guide to quickly access that information without needing to log into Canvas, and use it as a refresher for the main points in the Canvas tutorial.

Introduction to Citing Sources

A key skill for information literate people is supporting their work through ethical citation practices. Citations also enable scholarship to act as a conversation.1

How would you answer the following question?

"If you rewrite something you get from a book completely in your own words, do you need to cite that?"2

If you answered "no," you would be incorrect, but you might have lots of company. Only 14 of 61 students correctly answered "yes" to this question according to a 2009 study, which suggested many students are unaware of what constitutes plagiarism.Ignorance is not a defense, however, and committing plagiarism at UNK. may result in academic and disciplinary sanctions.


1. Association of College and Research Libraries, "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education," accessed January 17, 2018,

2. Lori G. Power, "University Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism," Journal of Higher Education 80 (Nov/Dec 2009): 650,

3. Ibid.