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English 131

Technical Writing 131

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

Don't Procrastinate

Do not wait until the last minute, as this often leads to careless mistakes. Plan ahead and stay organized.

Keep Track of Your Sources

As you conduct your search save any pieces of information you plan to use. Either print them or save them.

Take Good Notes

Keep a list of all the sources you consult, including page numbers and web addresses. It's easier to delete something you don't use than to have to try to find something again later.

Ask For Help

If you have a question about using sources in your paper, ask your instructor or stop by the library for help. 

 

What Don't You Need to Cite?

You don't need to cite common knowledge. Information that is widely known and taken as fact does not need to be cited.

That includes information such as: 

  • The sun sets in the west. 
  • Denver is the capital of Colorado. 
  • Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.

What is Plagiarism?

Merriam-Webster defines plagiarism like this:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

                                                               accessed at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism

A Quick Guide to Plagiarism Video

A Quick Guide to Plagiarism, via YouTube. Video created by Cape Fear Community College.

   

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