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  • So, you have to write a paper

  • and your instructor has lectured you about not plagiarizing.

  • Do you know how to do it?

  • Welcome to Plagiarism:

  • How Not to Do It.

  • Plagiarism is simply using other people's writing or ideas without giving them credit

  • for it. It is taking the credit yourself.

  • If you copied the entire text from someone else, say from a website or a book, and put

  • it in your paper as your own writing; that clearly is cheating.

  • You didn't write the words, someone else did. It is plagiarism of the worst kind. And

  • if you do this, you know you're cheating.

  • But sometimes people plagiarize without intending to.

  • When you take sections of other people's work and include it in your paper, you must

  • let the reader know which words and ideas are yours and which ones are someone else's.

  • One way to do this is simply to quote your source. You put quotation marks around it,

  • or block quote longer sections, and say where the quote came from.

  • But you also need to cite the source of materials you use in your writing even if you are not

  • quoting it word for word.

  • For instance, let's say you're writing a paper about the invasion of Normandy during

  • World War Two.

  • Because you read that was somewhere 130,000 and 156,000 troops in the invasion, you write

  • that "There were about 150,000 Allied troops in the landing."

  • While you are not quoting the source where you got this information because you are writing

  • it in your own words, you still need to tell the reader where this information came from.

  • You did not stand there counting troops on D-Day.

  • You got the information from a source. So tell your reader.

  • Depending on the style required, such as APA or MLA, you cite your source in the paragraph

  • where you used the information.

  • The same thing applies to ideas.

  • If you are using someone else's idea, like "The invasion of Normandy was one of the

  • most important battles in American history,"

  • you should let the reader know where you got that idea.

  • If it is your own conclusion after reading about it and studying it, then you do not

  • need to cite a source because the source is you. It is your idea.

  • Sometimes papers are a combination of other sources and your own ideas. That's okay.

  • Just be sure to cite your sources and you won't be plagiarizing.

  • The only time you do not need to be citing other sources is when the information is common

  • knowledge;

  • like "George Washington was the first U.S. President."

  • You do not have to find a source for this since it is common knowledge. "Who are you calling common?"

  • For more detailed help in avoiding plagiarism, see the links below.

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    hsun520 posted on 2013/11/15
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