Citing Your Sources and Plagiarism

Professors will occasionally require that you use a particular written or citation style when submitting papers. There are several style manuals available at the Reference Desk or in the Reference stacks at Mugar. These include:

    • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. (XLB2369 .G53 2003)
    • Chicago Manual of Style. (Theo Ref Z253 .U69 2003)
    • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). ( Theo Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2001)
    • Research and Documentation Online : a site created and maintained by Diana Hacker of Prince George’s Community College.

Please ask for assistance at the Reference desk if you have any questions about using these guides.

Plagiarism is a serious concern and one that the university takes very seriously. Plagiarism involves using the work of someone else and failing to give proper credit or acknowledgment, thereby claiming the information as your own. While professors will expect you to use outside sources when doing your research, they will also expect you to acknowledge the work of those authors you have chosen to use in your paper. At Boston University, all students are expected to have read or be familiar with the university policy on plagiarism. If you are not, please contact your college and get a copy of the Academic Conduct Code. Several guides to academic conduct for specific schools or colleges are available online. Links to two relevant policies follow:

If you are having difficulty deciding when or how to cite sources, please contact your professor or the Reference staff at the School of Theology Library.

If you have other questions, please contact James R. Skypeck (; 617-353-5357).