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Dental Hygiene Portal: Citations

Importance of Citations

Citations of references are important because:

  • They give credit to those whose ideas you have used.
  • They help you avoid plagiarism.
  • Readers can find articles and books you have cited.
  • It demonstrates that you have done your research.

Below are links to videos about citations:

You can visit APA Style's website to learn the basics of APA style (7th edition).


Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism

Safe Assign:  The Plagiarism Prevention Tool in CourseWeb

SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention technology used by Pitt's Dental Hygiene faculty to help prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers.  The tool is available to you and your instructors through CourseWeb.  SafeAssign helps promote originality and creates opportunities to help you identify how to properly attribute sources.

SafeAssign is based on a unique text matching algorithm capable of detecting exact and inexact matching between a paper and source material.  Submitted assignments are compared against several databases containing millions of articles dating from the 1990's to the present.  After the comparison, a report is generated that details the percentage of text in your paper that matches existing courses.

Resources for learning more about plagiarism:

Plagiarism Tutorial

University of Pittsburgh's ULS Avoiding Plagiarism Guide

APA Citations

There are many resources to help you learn how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style.  The 7th edition of the style guide came out in late 2019; check with your instructor about what version of APA style they want you to use. All the below links are for the 7th edition.

A copy of the physical APA Style Guide is available upon request at the Falk Library circulation desk. This book cannot be checked out.

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