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A guide to resources in support of the philosophy discipline at LSC-University Park.

Citation Styles

You're most likely to use MLA Style in our philosophy classes, but Chicago Style is also possible. The library has guides dedicated to each, full of examples of citations and pre-formatted Word documents.

4 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Citing is the most effective way to avoid plagiarism. 
  • Begin your research and writing early to avoid mistakes made in a hurry.
  • Consult a writing expert in the LSC-UP Writing Lab
  • Read the selected information sources for understanding. Use to your own words in paraphrasing this new information.
  • Include in-text citations within your paper that match to the list of full citations on your Works Cited page.
  • When quoting a source, use the exact words as they appear in the source. Place quotations around the quote. Place in-text citation at the close of the quote.

Managing Your Research

While conducting research you will need to capture the articles and associated citations. Your process will be very individual, but be consistent and choose a tool to help organize your research. Some suggested tools below:

OneDriveOneDrive - Cloud storage from Microsoft Office 365. 1 TB free for Lone Star College students.


EvernoteEvernote - The Basic version is free. Works across all mobile devices. Create notebooks for each course or writing assignment. Be sure to download the Web Clipper as well.

ZoteroZotero - Zotero is a free, open access extension that runs in the Firefox and Chrome browsers that's designed to gather, download, and tag your research. Helpful tutorials.

EasyBibEasyBib - Citation generator that is free for MLA.

Writing Lab

Request an Upswing account for online writing help with the UP writing coaches! (Currently-enrolled UP students only.)

What's Upswing & how does this work?

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