5. Citations and Plagiarism
Like most writers, technical writers need to demonstrate their credibility, objectivity, and thoroughness by referencing quality source material. Technical writers reveal and share source information both to give credit to the writers of that material and also to demonstrate they have done thorough research. Because this text was designed for an academic course in technical writing, this chapter describes conventions of academic citations you will use in producing a report. That said, the information will easily transfer to other professional and academic writing tasks.
Chapter Attribution Information
This chapter was derived by Annemarie Hamlin, Chris Rubio, and Michele DeSilva, Central Oregon Community College, from the following sources:
- Citations: A derivative from Citations by Virginia Tech Libraries, CC: BY-NC-SA 4.0 and Citing Sources: Overview by MIT Libraries, CC: BY-NC 2.0
- Plagiarism: A derivative from The Information Literacy User’s Guide edited by Greg Bobish and Trudi Jacobson, CC: BY-NC-SA 3.0 US and Plagiarism by Virginia Tech Libraries, CC: BY-NC-SA 4.0 and Plagiarism: Avoid it at all costs! by UCD Library, CC: BY-NC-SA 4.0