Cite Sources

All writers must cite their sources in order to give original authors credit for their ideas and phrasing. If you were to portray their ideas or phrasing as your own, you’d be committing plagiarism or academic dishonesty. AT SMHS, students should follow Modern Language Association guidelines and use NoodleTools to create in-text citations and a works cited page for their papers.

Students should know that SMHS teachers use Turnitin when they evaluate and grade research papers. Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service which scans student work and compares it to writing found in books, periodicals, and web sources, as well as student papers previously submitted to Turnitin. The Turnitin service generates reports which contain a similarity score. These scores show how closely a paper matches different information sources and other papers submitted to the Turnitin service. Here is one page of a sample Turnitin report.