American Psychological Association (APA) style is commonly used to document research in the behavioral sciences, such as psychology and social work.
The purpose of documentation is to:
Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your paper.
Identify the sources of these in the References at the end of your paper.
This research guide is based on the APA Manual (6th ed.) published in 2009.
"The Prentice Hall Reference Guide (2006) indicates, 'To plagiarize is to include someone else's writing, information, or idea in a paper and fail to acknowledge what you took by indicating whose work it is' (p. 292).
In other words, it is not giving credit where credit is due. Plagiarism is both a moral and ethical offense and sometimes a legal one.
Examples of plagiarism include:
Copying another person's actual words without the use of quotation marks, source citation, or footnotes.
Presenting another person's ideas or theories in your own words without citing the source.
Failing to acknowledge contribution and collaboration from others.
Using information that is not common knowledge without citing the source.