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Information on writing, citing, searching, evaluating sources, scholarly vs. popular articles, and avoiding plagiarism.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

3 ways to avoid plagiarism

Three Simple Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

1. Summarize

      When you summarize...

  • the text you write is much shorter than the original text.
  • you must reference the original source.
  • you must use your own words, usually with a very limited use of quotations.

2. Quote

      When you quote...

  • you must reference the original source.
  • the text produced is the exact length of the original text quoted (unless ellipses are used).
  • you must use the original author's exact words and put quotation marks around them.
  • include the page number of the original source from which you borrowed the author's original language.

3. Paraphrase

      When you paraphrase...

  • the text you produce may be shorter or longer than the original text.
  • you must reference the original source.
  • you must use your own words.