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Citing Sources: Strategies to Avoid Plagiarism

Avoid Plagiarism in Research Papers with Paraphrases & Quotations

Taylor, David. "Avoiding Plagiarism in Research Papers with Paraphrases & Quotations." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 20 Mar. 2009. Web. 08 Jan. 2013.

Plagiarism: How to avoid it

Bainbridge College. "Plagiarism: How to Avoid It." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 5 Jan. 2010. Web. 08 Jan. 2013.

Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite?

deLaplante, Kevin. "Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite?" Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 15 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Jan. 2013.

Quotation marks

Use quotation marks in your notes to help yourself remember the exact phrases you write down from another work.


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Author labels

Use author labels in your notes to help yourself remember where a certain idea has come from.


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System of separation

Figure out a good system to separate your own ideas, summaries, and paraphrases from the work you are referencing.  One possibility is to only copy down direct quotes during your research and wait until the writing process to summarize and paraphrase in your own words.


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Read, then look away to write

When summarizing or paraphrasing, read the section you want to reference and then look away as you write it in your own words to help prevent copying it too closely.


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Zotero's Word Plug-in

Use Zotero's Word Plug-in so you can immediately attach citations to your notes.

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