THE ACCIDENTAL PLAGIARIST
plagiarist - someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own.
Princeton University Cognitive Science Laboratory. (n.d.). WordNet. Retrieved from http://wordnet.princeton.edu/
If you are in a hurry, careless, or just plain unaware of the rules for giving credit to others for their work, you may be a plagiarist and not even know it. But your professor will know it! Don't put yourself in this situation and risk a failing grade - or worse.
Follow these steps as you research and write in order to avoid plagiarism:
- Keep a running list of your sources, with complete bibliographic information.
Don't worry about the proper format yet, just make sure the information is accurate.
You can do this in NoodleTools if you prefer.
- Take careful notes
Keep your notes from different sources on separate note cards or word documents, with the source and page numbers clearly indicated.
Or use the Notecards feature in NoodleTools
- Print out online resources, highlighting information you think you might use.
This way you will have a record of the webpage or library database from which you obtained it.
- Never copy and paste information directly into your paper.
You will lose track of where the information came from, and it will cost you valuable time to locate the source again. Worse yet, you may forget which parts are original and which need to be cited.
- Use your own words to rephrase or summarize ideas as you begin writing.
Compare what you have written with the original. If you have used an exact phrase and don't want to change it, you must use quotation marks and cite it. If you have simply restated what the author said, without any original content or insight, you must cite the source.
You can find more information about plagiarism and how to avoid it, at these sites:
Avoiding Plagiarism - Purdue University, OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the Art of Scholarship - University of California Davis Student Judicial Affairs
Plagiarism - The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill