Q. How do I cite code for Technology and Design courses?


As you know, when you utilize journal articles, magazines, books, etc. in writing research papers, you need to cite those references in APA Style to uphold academic integrity.  At times you may find that you need to utilize another individual’s or organization’s code when completing your assignments in Technology and Design courses. 

When required, below are guidelines from the Writing Code section of MIT’s Academic Integrity policy via MIT: A Handbook for Students, the industry standard on how to cite computer code.  Specific citation examples are also available via the above link.  

  • Generally, the URL and the date of retrieval are sufficient. Add more details if it will help the reader get a clearer understanding of the source.
  • If you adapted the code, you should indicate “Adapted from:” or “Based on” so it is understood that you modified the code.
  • Your instructor may have specific instructions on how you should or should not cite your sources. If you are not clear on what is acceptable, ask your instructor.
  • Last Updated Mar 29, 2018
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  • Answered By Bonnie Ostrand

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