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ASIA 090: Globalization in Asia through Time and Space: Citing Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism Checklist

1) Are you using your own independent material (i.e., material that reflects your own thoughts, opinion)?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, OK. If No, you need to CITE.

2) Are you using common knowledge (i.e., something that everyone knows)?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, OK. If No, you need to CITE.

3) Are you using someone else’s independent material (i.e., material NOT your own thoughts)?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, you need to CITE. If No, OK.

4) Do all the quotations exactly match their source?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, well done! If No, you need to make sure they are correctly matched.

5) Have you used your own words and sentence structures for every paraphrase and summary related to another’swork?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, well done! If No, you need to make sure you use quotation marks around the author’s/authors’ words.

6) Have you included an in-text citation for every paraphrase and summary related to another’s work?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, well done! If No, you need to make sure you create an in-text citation for each reference to another’s work, even when you put that idea into your own words.

7) Does your list of References include all the sources you have mentioned in your paper?

□ Yes            □ No

If Yes, well done! If No, you need to make sure all of the sources you mention in your paper are listed on the References page.

Source: Erin K. Elgin, Business Instructor on Iowa City Campus as published in the Kirkwood Community College Libraries' Plagiarism LibGuide.

Citation Help

For more information about how and why to cite information, review this tutorial:

What is RefWorks?


RefWorks is a research management tool designed to help users store, organize, annotate, and share information sources by centrally managing all the resources you interact with over the course of a research project. Working on a dissertation, thesis, or long-term study? RefWorks can help you streamline your research process by creating a personal library of your resources, storing the full text of articles, and generating citations and bibliographies.

This guide will walk you through RefWorks' different functionalities -- use the navigation bar to the side to get directions on how to perform a task. Lehigh is currently transitioning to a newer version of RefWorks, and this guide will reflect the new interface. Depending on your RefWorks status, follow the directions below: 

  • If you use the old version at, go to "For Existing Users" in order to read directions to activate your account in new RefWorks.
  • If you currently have no account in RefWorks and need to create one, go to the "For New Users" section of this guide. 
  • If you have an account set up at, then you're all set! Use the guide navigation bar to make the most of your RefWorks experience in the new interface.