Whenever you use information from another source, or reference data that you did not create or discover, you must cite the original source of the data. This includes, but is not limited to, text, tables, figures, and other forms of data.
Academic honesty is essential in all disquisitions. For more information, see the NDSU Policy on Academic Responsibility and Conduct (http://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/policy/335.pdf).
- Citations – For in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes, or other citation formats, refer to the style manual of your discipline (such as MLA, APA, Chicago, and so on). When you include a URL in a citation (such as citations for internet sources), make sure that the URL is not underlined or otherwise appear as a hyperlink.
- Copyright – In some instances, copyright permission might be required to re-print content in its entirety. For more information, see Work Created By Others. In some cases, copyright permission might be required to reprint your own previously published work. For more information, see Previously Published Work.
- Font and Margins – The font must be the same size and type as the rest of your disquisition. The margins must also be the same size as the rest of your disquisition.
- Page numbers – Page numbers must be consistent with the rest of the disquisition. This is considered part of the body of your disquisition, and must use Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, and so on).
- References sections – If each chapter in your disquisition is a self-contained study or experiment, then you should insert a References or Works Cited section at the end of each chapter that lists the sources used in that chapter. Otherwise, you should insert a References or Works Cited section after the body of the disquisition, but before the appendix or appendices (if used). For detailed information about how to format a References or Works Cited section, and where to place the section in the disquisition, refer to the style manual of your discipline.
- Spacing – The line spacing should follow the directions of the style manual that is used in your discipline. Spacing must be consistent throughout the References or Works Cited section. For more information about how to use the style manual that is used in your discipline, contact your advisor or the NDSU Center for Writers (http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/).