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CTVA 310: History of American Cinema

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using facts or ideas from another source without attribution, thereby presenting it as original work.

Adapted from CSUN Policies and Procedures


Best Practices to Avoid Plagiarism:


Adapted from: Vega García, S.A. (2012). Understanding plagiarism: Information literacy guide. Iowa State University. Retrieved  from [Accessed February 8, 2018]

Citing AI Content

Cite content created by an AI tool as you would authors or creators. Style guides provide guidance on citing AI content as sources. Below are links to guidelines for citing AI content among the most popular styles. It is very important that you review any cited sources contained within AI content to affirm the accuracy of those sources. Use links for additional information.


MLA style (9th edition)

“Describe the symbolism of the green light in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald” prompt. ChatGPT, 13 Feb. version, OpenAI, 8 Mar. 2023,

APA Style (7th edition)

OpenAI. (2023). ChatGPT (Mar 14 version) [Large language model].

Chicago Manual of Style


1. Text generated by ChatGPT, OpenAI, March 7, 2023,

Bibliography (requires public link to prompt):

OpenAI. Text generated by ChatGPT, Version GPT-3.5. Accessed May 24, 2023.

Citing your sources (MLA and Chicago)

Citation Managers

Citation managers are software that keep track of your sources and automatically format your citations in a variety of styles.

  • EndNote Web - free to CSUN students, staff, and faculty; integrates with MS Word and any browser; can export references directly from many databases
  • Zotero - free to anyone; integrates with MS Word and/or Google Docs; must be installed on your own computer 

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