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Plagiarism: How to Avoid Plagiarism

Cite Your Sources!

Be sure to cite your source when you:
  • Quote sentences
  • Use phrases
  • Borrow ideas

What do I need to cite?

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Help Resources:

Information About Your Information

For every information source you use, you must write down:

  • the author
  • the title
  • the date of publication or update

Additional information is also needed for specific types of sources:

For Books 

  • publisher
  • place of publication

For Journal Articles

  • journal title
  • volume
  • page numbers

For Information from Databases 

  • name of database
  • date accessed
  • url

For Information from the Internet  

  • name of sponsoring organization
  • date accessed
  • url

Remember to always check your citation style manual for necessary citation components and sample formats for each type of source that you use.

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Turnitin.com

Professors and instructors often use plagiarism checking software such as turnitin.com to check students' work for similarities to web pages, other student papers and published articles.

If your professor requires you to use turnitin.com, they will provide you with log in code.

Watch this video for more information about how turnitin.com works and how you can prevent plagiarism.

Learn more about plagiarism at plagiarism.org, hosted by iParadigms, the maker of turnitin.com.