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CRIM 420 - Law Enforcement Academy

Effective and ethical uses of information with an emphasis on images

Citing Sources

Whenever you are quoting or using information from a source, you must credit or cite that source. Failure to do so is plagiarism which can lead to expulsion from the University.

Consult the FLITE APA Citation Guide and use it to properly format your citations.

Don't forget about images!


Plagiarism is the act of presenting another's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism is often unintentional, but it occurs whenever you use someone else's ideas or words without giving them credit. It can be obvious - purchasing a term paper or turning in a project done by someone else. It can be putting other's ideas into your own words. It can be cutting and pasting text from a web site. A simple rule: Do not copy text from Web pages or other sources without identifying and giving credit to the original author.

Here are some ways to avoid plagiarism:

  • Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas
  • Write down the complete citation information for each item you use
  • Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words
  • Always credit original authors for their information and ideas


Finding Images

Citing Images

Use these guides for citing images and videos.


Creative Commons image:

Foster, G. (2009). Transparent butterfly [Photograph]. Available under a Creative Commons license. Retrieved from


Copyrighted image (or unknown permissions):

Wyeth, A. (1948). Christina’s world [Painting]. Retrieved from