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October 26, 2010 / Briana Patrick

TOW5: Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is probably one of the most terrifying and horrible things to commit in any aspect so here are some tips and ideas on how to avoid it.

Recognizing Plagiarism in order to avoid it…you must give credit to the following

  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory;
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;
  • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.
  • Book Source: Indiana University Tutorial

Tips and Tricks

  • Develop a topic based on what has already been said and written but write something new and original
  • Rely on opinions of experts and authorities on a topic but improve upon and/or disagree with those same opinions
  • Give credit to researchers who have come before you but make your own significant contribution
  • Improve your English or fit into a discourse community by building upon what you hear and read but use your own words and your own voice
  • Book source PURDUE OWL
  • Cite sources found on the internet
  • Use proper documentation

MOST IMPORTANT: if you aren’t sure about something….always ask an expert source. i.e. your Professor


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