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APA in-text citations consist of the author’s last name, publication year and, if applicable, page numbers. Page numbers are required when quoting and encouraged when paraphrasing. Omit page numbers when referring to a source as a whole.
In-text citations can be included in multiple ways:
- The author claims that “plagiarism is becoming a bigger problem” (Smith, 2014, p. 170).
- Smith states that plagiarism is becoming increasingly widespread (2014, p. 170).
- As Smith (2014) has shown, plagiarism is a serious issue for universities.
You can easily generate your in-text citations (and full reference list) in APA format with Scribbr’s free citation generator.
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Free plagiarism checkers are popular. Many students, marketers and text writers use them to avoid plagiarism. We conducted research to answer two main questions:
- Which plagiarism checkers are really free?
- How much plagiarism is detected by each plagiarism checker?
- Almost all 100% free plagiarism checkers detect very little plagiarism.
- Plagiarism checkers that offer a free trial perform much better. However, you will probably end up paying for the service.
For comparison purposes, we added the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker, which is the best plagiarism checker as of 2019. It’s not free, but it does detect the most plagiarism of all plagiarism checkers.
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The apa running head (i.e. page header) consists of the title of your paper (maximum 50 characters, left-aligned, all capitals) and the page number (right-aligned). On the title page, your paper title is preceded by the words “Running head:”.
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An APA title page must include:
- A running head (including page number)
- The title of your paper (one or two lines long)
- The full name of the author(s)
- Your university or institution
Additional information, such as a course number or an author’s note, should be placed on a separate line below the institution.
APA title page template
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The plagiarism checkers listed in this article are tested using two test documents:
- Student’s paper with 50% plagiarism
- 100% plagiarized text with excerpts from journals, books and websites.
The table below shows an ordered list of the top 10 best plagiarism checkers in 2019. The overall score is based on plagiarism detected, usability and accuracy.
Tests show that the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker is the best plagiarism checker on the market. It is able to detect exact similarities and difficult-to-detect paraphrasing plagiarism, while keeping false positives to a minimum. The plagiarism report is extensive and very easy to use.
Continue reading: The best plagiarism checkers of 2019 [in-depth comparison]
When you do research, you have to gather information and evidence from a variety of sources.
Primary sources provide raw information and first-hand evidence. Examples include interview transcripts, statistical data, and works of art. A primary source gives you direct access to the subject of your research.
Secondary sources provide second-hand information and commentary from other researchers. Examples include journal articles, reviews, and academic books. A secondary source describes, interprets, or synthesizes primary sources.
Primary sources are more credible as evidence, but good research uses both primary and secondary sources.
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In addition to guidelines for APA citations, there are format guidelines for academic papers and essays. They’re widely used by professionals, researchers and students.
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The most important APA format guidelines in the 6th edition are:
- Use 12 pt Times New Roman
- Set 1 inch page margins
- Apply double line spacing
- Insert a running head on every page
- Indent every new paragraph ½ inch
Tip: also read our article on the most notable changes in the APA Manual 7th edition.
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Plagiarism generally involves using other people’s words or ideas without proper citation, but you can also plagiarize yourself.
Self-plagiarism means reusing work that you have already published or submitted for a class. It can involve re-submitting an entire paper, copying or paraphrasing passages from your previous work, or recycling old data.
Self-plagiarism misleads your readers by presenting old work as completely new and original. If you want to include any text, ideas, or data that already appeared in a previous paper, you should always inform the reader of this by citing your own work.
Continue reading: What is self-plagiarism and how can you avoid it?
Plagiarism means using someone else’s words or ideas without proper attribution. The most common types of plagiarism are:
|Type of plagiarism||Definition||Severity|
|Global plagiarism||Presenting an entire text by someone else as your own work.||Severe|
|Paraphrasing plagiarism||Rephrasing someone else’s ideas without citation.||Serious|
|Verbatim plagiarism||Directly copying a passage of text without citation.||Serious|
|Mosaic plagiarism||Combining text and ideas from different sources without citation.||Serious|
|Self-plagiarism||Reusing passages and ideas from your own previously submitted work.||Moderate|
|Incorrect citation||Failing to give all the necessary information in your source citation.||Moderate|
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