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Plagiarism Tutorial: 3. Avoiding Plagiarism

This guide explains what plagiarism is, why it's important, and how to avoid it.

[Editage]. (2013, Mar 22). Editage - Tips to avoid Accidental Plagiarism. [Video file]. Retrieved from   

3.2 Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

  1. Manage your time well. Start your assignment early to avoid stressful situations. Use the resources below to help you manage your time:
  2. 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
  3. Learn when to cite! Knowing when you need to cite and citing all the sources you use is your best defense against committing plagiarism
  4. 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?