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HIST 4180: Colonial Mexico and the Spanish Southwest: Writing and Citation Help

Fall 2014

What is plagiarism?

UNT Writing Lab - Avoiding Plagarism

Academic Integrity -UNT Center for Student Rights & Responsibilities -"Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like 'copying' and 'borrowing' can disguise the seriousness of the offense:" (taken from

Types of Plagiarism -"Anyone who has written or graded a paper knows that plagiarism is not always a black and white issue. The boundary between plagiarism and research is often unclear. Learning to recognize the various forms of plagiarism, especially the more ambiguous ones, is an important step towards effective prevention. Many people think of plagiarism as copying ..."

Writing a Bibliography

When you have finished writing your research paper and it is time to make the bibliography citing all the sources you used in your paper, there are standard ways to do that.  If your professor has not suggested a standard he/she wants you to follow, refer to the Citation Guides & Style Manuals section of the webpage for helpful suggestions.



UNT Student Writing Lab

"The UNT Writing Lab offers free tutoring to all UNT students.  The Writing Lab helps students in all disciplines and at all stages of their academic careers—from English Composition students to Graduate students writing dissertations.  You can meet with a tutor in person at our main location in the Auditorium Building and our evening location in the Willis Library, or you can participate in a digital tutoring session, which allows you to discuss a paper or ask questions from the comfort of your own home or office—anywhere you may have internet connection."

For more information about the Writing Lab, please visit their website at


RefWorks is a web-based research manager that allows you to create your own personal database of citations and documents for both academic and personal use. With RefWorks you can:

  • Easily export references from electronic databases, the UNT library catalog, text files, websites and more into your account
  • Quickly create reference lists for papers and projects in the citation style of your choice
  • Store, read and annotate files.

Watch the video, Create Your RefWorks Account, or see the Introduction to RefWorks handout below to get started with your account. To learn about the basic and advanced functions, view the RefWorks video tutorials on this guide.

Tips for Using RefWorks

Off-Campus Use: If you are using RefWorks somewhere other than the UNT campus, you can still use your RefWorks account. Simply enter your UNT email address and the password you created for the account.

Browsers: RefWorks works best with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. If you're having problems with RefWorks, try switching to a different browser. Avoid using Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Pop-ups: RefWorks functions with the use of some pop-ups. Be sure to turn off your pop-up blocker, or add RefWorks as an exception to the blocker.

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