Your professor should provide you with a set of instructions for research, writing, citation, and presentation. Short essays, papers, and case studies may have less complex requirements, while long research papers may have very detailed parameters you must follow. Be sure to clarify with your professor what is expected in his or her class.
While some cultures may not insist so heavily on documenting sources of words, ideas, images, sounds, etc., American culture does. A charge of plagiarism can have severe consequences, including expulsion from a university or loss of a job, not to mention a writer’s loss of credibility and professional standing.
Stolley, K. and Brizee, A. (2011, August 24). Overview and Contradictions. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/.
Be sure to determine which style your professor requires. If none is specified, APA style is recommended for citation in the Gary E. West College of Business.