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Controversial Issues: Citing Sources

Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

Helpful Tips

  • Put into quotations everything that comes directly from the text, especially when taking notes.
  • Paraphrase, but be sure you are not simply rearranging or replacing a few words.
  • Check your paraphrase against the original text to be sure you have not accidentally used the same phrases or words, and that the information is accurate.

Things You Want to Avoid

  • Copying and pasting text from the Internet into your paper.
  • Buying or acquiring a research paper and submitting it as your own.
  • Presenting facts without citing where they came from.
  • Repeating or paraphrasing wording without giving proper credit to the source.
  • Paraphrasing someone's argument or line of thought without providing credit.
  • Using quotes, summaries or words from others as if they were your own.

 

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