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MGMT 429: Cite Sources

This guide contains recommended strategies and resources for MGMT 429 Small Business Consulting, with a focus on the Consulting Team Project.

A Note on Sharing Resources with Clients

As a consultant, you may be asked to locate market research reports, industry reports, and other gold mines of information that are cost-prohibitive for your client to access. As with academic articles, newspapers, and other resources, SU Libraries and/or The University System of Maryland pays for access to these reports for educational purposes. 

Sharing, copying, or distributing copyrighted materials is prohibited by law. Certain exceptions apply when it pertains to the personal use of materials for educational purposes. Quoting copyrighted materials (including sentences, paragraphs, charts, tables, visual representations, etc.) is acceptable as long as it is properly cited and complies with fair use as far as the extent of material quoted.

In short, if a client asks for information from a report, you can share pieces of data/information as long as it is properly attributed, cited, and falls within fair use. Whole chapters or pages of a report would likely violate copyright and fair use.

Manage & Organize: RefWorks

ProQuest RefWorks is a citation management tool that assists researchers in gathering, organizing, annotating, and citing their sources. Accounts are free to anyone with an SU email address (students, staff, faculty).

RefWorks Login

To set up your account, go here.


Please note that citation tools like RefWorks are only as perfect as the data they are extracting from resources -- you should always double-check your citations to make sure they are correct.


Help Pages:

Citing Sources: APA

You always have the most control over the accuracy of your citations when you do it by hand using the selected style manual (above).

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Citing Sources: MLA

You always have the most control over the accuracy of your citations when you do it by hand using the selected style manual (above).

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Citing Sources: Chicago

You always have the most control over the accuracy of your citations when you do it by hand using the selected style manual (above).

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Avoiding plagiarism

The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as "[t]he practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own" 

You're plagiarizing when you: 

  • Copy, quote, paraphrase or summarize any source without citing the source 
  • Purchase a research paper 
  • Allow another person to write a research paper for you
  • Submit another person's work in your name

To avoid plagiarism, give credit whenever you use:

  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
  • any piece of information that is not common knowledge
  • another person’s actual spoken or written words
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words

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