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Prof. Baez - SOC102 Marriage and Family: Citing and Plagiarism

Citing Your Sources

You will be using APA format for your paper. 

When you are ready to cite the sources you have used for your research, visit the library's homepage to find sources that will help you cite in APA format. It will offer example citations for the most common source types.  

Even if you use a citation maker (NoodleTools, etc) you must still check your citations again the APA guide to be sure they are 100% correct.

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Journal Article Reports - Citation for Quote

Standard APA format for DIRECT (word-for-word) QUOTE in APA format:


One Author: (Lastname, Year, p. page#) 

(Baez, 2019, p. 17)   *space between the p. and the page #

Two Authors: (Lastname & Lastname, Year, p. page#)

(Rosenfeld & Roesler, 2019, p. 54)

*Three or more Authors: (FirstAuthorLastName, et al., Year, p. page#).

(Martin et al., 2020, p. 245)

If the quote runs for more than 1 page use pp. page#s  e.g. (Rosenfeld & Roesler, 2019, pp. 54-55)

*7th ed. update. If you read articles 2019 and earlier, you will see more authors listed.

Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when you use another person's verbal or written words or text in your own work without appropriately documenting the source of the borrowed words or text. The borrowed text could come from a variety of places, such as a book, a newspaper, a magazine, a website, or even another student's paper.

The WCC Academic Honesty Policy states:

Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research, or writing as your own.  Examples include:

  1. Copying another person’s actual words without both the use of quotations and documentation.

  2. Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without documentation.

  3. Using information that is not considered common knowledge without acknowledging the source.

  4. Using a paper writing “service” or having a friend write the paper for you.

Note:  The guidelines that define plagiarism also apply to information secured on internet websites.  Internet references must specify precisely where the information was obtained and where it can be found. 

You may think that citing another author’s work will lower your grade.  In some unusual cases this may be true, if your instructor has indicated that you must write your paper without reading additional material.  But in fact, as you progress in your studies, you will be expected to show that you are familiar with important work in your field and can use this work to further your thinking.  Your professors write this kind of paper all the time.  The key to avoiding plagiarism is that you show clearly where your own thinking ends and someone else’s begins.

No matter where the text comes from, it must be documented accurately. Accurate documentation means that you must follow the MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association) rules for documentation.

APA Video Tutorials (Playlist)

Citing Statistics and Demographic Data

Citation for statistical information for your presentation - information that is not updated regularly does not require the Retrieval Date. You also do not need to repeat the website name if it is the same as the creator (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Author/Creator Name. (Year, Month Day). Name of webpage. Website name. URL

Central Intelligence Agency. (2021, February 25). South Korea. The World Factbook.

Citation for Statistical Tables (for your presentation):

Author/Creator Name. (Year). Name of table, chart or graph. Website name. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. (2020). Household Size & Composition, 2019. Retrieved 2021, Feb. 25, from

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