Briefly speaking, I recently found out that my graduate research paper has some citation errors. Which is really poor citations.
- I cited a wrong author name (author A) for a sentence which actually came from another author (author B). However, I did cite both authors in my reference list.
- Some of my figures' citations didn't follow the correct format. I did cite the author and date, just in the wrong format.
I am not sure how serious these problems can be. Are these errors considered as plagiarism?
I really didn't copy anyone's works, just gave wrong citations. I know this is very dumb and not professional. I feel pretty guilty and anxious right now.
I have further look into my thesis. I summarize with my citation errors as following (except the previous errors):
- I cited a source in-text (author, date, source), but forget to put in my reference list.
- I cited a web source, but it is actually came from a report. I cited as an internet source.
- Wrong order number of tables/figures.
My thesis now looks like a total trash to me. So my next question is: What is my next move?
- Erratum maybe?
- Notify my professor?
- Let it go? (This is a master thesis, unpublished, but public.)
First one is kinda useless, because my school does not accept any revision or change.
My first priority is to not commit any misconduct/dishonet.