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Citation: Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Resources to assist with citations.

Documentation & Plagiarism

 

Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster:

Plagiarize: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source

Make every effort to document and acknowledge your sources!

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Always acknowledge words or ideas that didn't originate from you.

 

  • Use quotation marks and proper citation when copying large sections of text.

 

  • Credit any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings - any information that is not common knowledge.      

 

  • When paraphrasing, use your own words to express the idea, and cite the source.

 

  • Better to err on the side of too much attribution than too little.

 

  • Don't buy or borrow an assignment/paper from the Web or elsewhere.

 

 Source:   

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

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