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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

How to Cite Your Work | Giving Credit

Avoiding Plagiarism

One plagiarizes when one presents another’s work as one’s own. It is a form of intellectual theft. The handbook below was developed to help students understand and avoid this problem. See also the Academic Misconduct section in the Student Handbook on the Students dashboard.

Suggested SAIC Resources

Citation Tools

Remember to always review and revise autogenerated citations! 

Free Web Tools

MLA, APA, and Chicago formats are supported by these free, recommended tools:

Built-in Library Tools

When searching the Flaxman Library's resources, there are often built in tools that can create a citation for you. It is beneficial to look for autogenerated citation options when you find articles or media inside individual databases (like JSTOR). Alternatively, if you're using the library search, you can autogenerate citations for any items you find using the quote icon attached to each record (see graphic below).

Screenshot of an item listing in the updated library search with the quotation icon circled. A red arrow points to an overlaid box with a drop shadow showing an autogenerated ciration.

Style Guides

Style manuals prescribe a format to be used for papers and citations, and are often discipline-based. Below are some resources to acquaint you with the styles most commonly used at SAIC. Currently enrolled students may also make appointments at the Writing Center for help with citations.

Chicago Manual of Style 
Chicago and Turabian Styles
APA 
American Psychological Association
MLA 
Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition [print]

Chicago Manual of Style Online [Requires ARTIC login]

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Chicago

[Turbanian] A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations [print]

Turabian Online - based on Chicago Style

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 7th Edition [print]

Purdue Online Writing Lab: APA

MLA Handbook 8th Edition [print]

Purdue Online Writing Lab: MLA