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Avoiding Plagiarism

  1. Suggestions for avoiding unintentional plagiarism.
    • Learn and carefully employ the common scholarly procedures described in the Scholarly Procedures Table.
    • Take good notes as you do your research. Working from poor notes greatly increases your risk of plagiarism.
    • To be sure that a paraphrased comment or summary is in your own words, follow these guidelines from the Purdue University On-line Writing Lab. 'When writing a paraphrase or summary, study the source until you are sure that you understand it. Without looking at the source, write the paraphrase in your own words. Compare your paraphrase with the source to be sure it conveys the same meaning but in different words. Place quotation marks around any borrowed words or terms. Finally, document the source.' 2
  2. Suggestions for avoiding intentional plagiarism.
    • Manage your time carefully. Start researching/writing well before the project is due and learn to work on your assignments regularly. It takes a lot of time to research a paper and to use scholarly procedures correctly. Most cases of intentional plagiarism result from procrastination and desperation as a deadline approaches. The Academic Resource Center can assist you in time management.
    • Learn to recognize and deal with the "warning signs" that suggest you are in danger of committing intentional plagiarism.
    • If you need help, there are many resources available to you. Choose the one(s) that best fit your needs.
    • If for any reason you are unable to make a deadline, ask the instructor for an extension.

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2 6 Steps to effective paraphrasing: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/02/