- copying text without giving proper credit to the original author or source
- copying information from Internet sites and passing it off as your own
- using someone else's paper or project and turning it in as your own
- take citation notes on every source (title, author, publisher, publication date, url, date accessed)
- place quotation marks around directly quoted text and include author's name and title of publication
- paraphrase correctly
- ALWAYS cite your sources
For more information:
- Plagiarism and How to Avoid It
From WCSU - information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Includes examples of correct and incorrect paraphrasing.
- Facts on File Issues and Controversies, "Avoiding Plagiarism"
What is plagiarism? How can I avoid plagiarism? Includes examples of how to correctly quote a source.
Originally published in Copyright Simplified for Students and Teachers by Laura Sears
Tips for Successful Note Taking
Unless you take notes on your reading you will probably not be able to remember the important material and will certainly not be able to organize it well when you come to write your paper. If you have taken your notes carefully, you will be able to lay out before you the whole subject and put it in order. Using the following steps and link will help you organize your note taking.
There are three steps to note taking: identification of keyword and related words in the research-able question, skimming and scanning and extracting needed information.
1) Construct researchable questions based on the information needed. Transfer the questions to a data chart, other graphic organizer, or note cards.
2) Skim and scan your research resources looking for the answers to your questions.
3) There are four ways to extract information and answer your questions.