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Doing Honest Work in College, Third Edition

How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success

Third Edition

Doing Honest Work in College stands on three principles: do the work you say you do, give others credit, and present your research fairly. These are straightforward concepts, but the abundance of questionable online sources and temptation of a quick copy-paste can cause confusion as to what’s considered citing and what’s considered cheating. This guide starts out by clearly defining plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty and then gives students the tools they need to avoid those pitfalls. This edition addresses the acceptable use of mobile devices on tests, the proper approach to sources such as podcasts or social media posts, and the limitations of citation management software.


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Table of Contents

Part One   Academic Honesty

1 The Three Principles of Academic Honesty

2 Academic Honesty from Your First Class to Your Final Exam

3 Taking Good Notes

4 Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Part Two Citations in every format: A Quick Guide

5 The Basics of Citation

6 Chicago (or Turabian) Citations

7 MLA Citations for the Humanities

8 APA Citations for the Social Sciences, Education, and Business

9 CSE Citations for the Biological Sciences

10 AMA Citations for the Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry

11 ACS Citations for Chemistry

12 Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy Citations

13 Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering Citations

14 FAQs about All Reference Styles


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