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Citation Guide: Welcome

Get help in citing your sources for your assignments.


Why do we cite?

  • To give the proper credit to the author of a work/ avoid plagiarism.
  • Citations give the readers of your work an opportunity to find more information by locating your sources.
  • When you give proper credit to another's work, it increases your credibility as an author.
  • It shows the reader that you have amply researched your topic.

Prairie State College Writing Center

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers half-hour one-on-one tutoring sessions to help you with writing assignments in any of your classes. Walk-ins are welcome if a consultant is available, but appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment, stop by room 2637 in the Student Success Center, schedule an appointment online, or call (708) 709-3521.


Room 2637 (Second Floor)


Monday 9-7

Tuesday 9-7

Wednesday 9-2

Thursday 9-2

Friday 9-12

For more information, contact:

Reception Desk 
(708) 709-3663, (708) 709-3521 

Schedule an Appointment Online 

Types of Plagarism

  Clone: Submitting another's work, word-for-word as one's own.

 CRTL-C: Contains significant portions of text from a single source without alterations.

  Find-Replace: Changing keywords and phrases but retaining the essential content of the source.

  Remix: Paraphrases from multiple sources, made to fit together.

  Recycle: Borrows generously from the writer's previous work without citation.

  Hybrid: Combines perfectly cited sources and copied passages without citation.

  Mash-Up: Mixes copied material from multiple sources.

  404 Error: Includes citations to non-existent or inaccurate information about sources.

  Aggregator: Includes proper citation to sources but the paper contains almost no original work.

  Re-tweet: Includes proper citation but relies too closely on the text's original wording and/or source.

Source: Butler University: "Avoiding Plagiarism" Retrieved from All icons from Font Awesome.