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How to avoid plagiarism

What is some advice you can provide to help other students avoid plagiarism?

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Make sure you that you include a work cites (reference, bibliography page). When you gather your resources, use a separate page to write down all the material you need such as date published and what page number things came from, and when using internet resources, make sure you include the website on your reference page.

In order to avoid plagiarism in the paper, I try to think how I would explain what I am writing to someone and then put that in my own words.

Another simple way is to include footnote material gathered from your resources.

Make sure to put quotation marks around anything that you directly take from the text.

Research-based writing in American institutions, both educational and corporate, is filled with rules that writers, particularly beginners, aren't aware of or don't know how to follow. Many of these rules have to do with research and proper citation. Gaining a familiarity of these rules, however, is critically important, as inadvertent mistakes can lead to charges of plagiarism, which is the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas.

While some cultures may not insist so heavily on documenting sources of words, ideas, images, sounds, etc., American culture does. A charge of plagiarism can have severe consequences, including expulsion from a university or loss of a job, not to mention a writer's loss of credibility and professional standing. This resource, which does not reflect any official university policy, is designed to help you develop strategies for knowing how to avoid accidental plagiarism. For instructors seeking a key statement on definitions and avoidance on plagiarism, see Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices.

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Most students, of course, don't intend to plagiarize. In fact, most realize that citing sources actually builds their credibility for an audience and even helps writers to better grasp information relevant to a topic or course of study. ...

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This posting discusses how plagiarism can be avoided in writings and works.

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