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FYE 101: How to Avoid Plagiarism

Our Top Tips

  1. Understand: Use this guide and the information from your instructor to gain an understanding of what plagiarism is, the citation style you are expected to use, and any other system your instructor may have to verify your source material.
  2. Plan: Think ahead about how you will stay organized. Plan to cite from the moment you begin your research. Don't leave it as "that thing you do when the real writing is over." Planning to cite is a real and critical part of your research and writing process.
    • Keep track of all sources you consult, print or electronic. Before you walk or navigate away from a source of ideas or information, collect the information you need to cite it--print or copy it, email yourself the link, etc.
    • Don't cut and paste or type straight into the rough draft of your paper. Keep your research notes separate, and make sure they indicate the source of the idea or information. 
    • Work from your notes on your rough draft. Always check again with your sources to make sure your quotations are accurate, and your paraphrases accurately represent the original source.
  3. Give Yourself Time: Yes, this all takes time. That's just a fact of the process. Put yourself in the right frame of mind to succeed by giving yourself the time you need understand, plan, and review your work to make sure it's properly written and cited.


So you're reading, making notes, copying quotes, absorbing information -- how do you keep it all straight?!?  
Here are some great tips from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Some tips from Harvard University.

Cornell University offers a more interactive approach to the information.

Corrina Talks Bob Out of Plagiarism

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