Prevent Plagiarism



Top Tips

  • First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.

  • Use the ideas of others to position your own argument in relation to theirs.

  • When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.

  • Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.

  • A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.

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Value for Me?

Why is citation so common?

“ ... because much of what we know about the world we learn only from what others have said, and


conveying this knowledge as coming from a particular source gives us a chance to take a position in relation to other people’s positions in the world” (Giltrow 16).

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Technology Integration

There are many online tools to assist you in determining whether you have accidentally plagiarized part of your work. Please be aware that many of these tools are hosted in the United States and abroad and that you will lose control of the data you upload.