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3.2 Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism
- Manage your time well. Start your assignment early to avoid stressful situations. Use the resources below to help you manage your time:
- Take careful notes on what you read and where you found ideas:
- As you take notes, record the source so that you can easily cite it later
- Make sure to identify your notes as paraphrases, summaries, or quotes
- Record page numbers, source titles, and authors so you can easily track the source down later
- Learn when to cite! Knowing when you need to cite and citing all the sources you use is your best defense against committing plagiarism
- Review your paper, and ask yourself:
- Where did this idea come from?
- Are the words my own?
- Can my work be clearly distinguished from the work of others?