What is plagiarism? 1. Not using QUOTATIONmarks to identify a direct quote from yoursource. ALWAYS use quotation marks around quotes taken from your text which are word for word. Only use direct quotes when it is important for the reader to know the exact words that the author used. You also need to cite the source of your information immediately after your direct quote.
The Crime of Plagiarism 2. Not CITINGthe source of your information when using ideas and information taken from the text. Even if you put the information in your own words, you must still cite your source.
The Crime of Plagiarism 3. Not PARAPHRASING correctly. Just changing one or two words in a sentence from your source is not acceptable, even if you cite it. You must use your own sentence structure and ideas.
The Crime of Plagiarism 4. Using others’ WORKS and IDEAS as your OWN. The most obvious form of plagiarism is turning in work that you did not complete at all, but that you “borrowed” from another and turned it in as your own. Just changing the name and some words does not make it yours.
Avoiding Plagiarism • HIGHLIGHT the important information from each source that you will want to use or will use in your paper, so you know exactly where the information was gathered.
Avoiding Plagiarism • If you have any information that contains a NUMERICALfigure, make sure that you document it. As a rule, numbers are not common knowledge.
Avoiding Plagiarism • Do not try to write as PROFESSIONALLYas the sources you are using. Use coherent language and avoid long technical terms whose meaning you do not know.
Avoiding Plagiarism • Use QUOTES around information that comes directly (word for word) from a source. Although you should only use a few of these in your paper, citing direct information from a source can be a helpful way to make a strong point.