The Northcentral University Academic Success Center is a useful resource for those in the writing process. You can find information on APA style, different forms of academic writing such as annotated bibliographies and literature reviews, and much more.
In your research you must always credit direct quotations and paraphrasing from sources of information that you use. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism--presenting another's idea or research as your own. Crediting sources is most often done by using a formal documentation style; for instance, Northcentral University requires the use of American Psychological Association (APA) formatting style. It is important to keep in mind that even if information is freely available on the internet, it must be properly cited to avoid plagiarism. Charges of plagiarism and copyright violation can lead to serious consequences such as expulsion from the university and law suits.
For more information about plagiarism, and how to avoid it, see the links below: