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We'll be covering quite a lot of information in your library instruction session, and you may forget some of the tips and resources mentioned. Not to worry! Bookmark this guide for a collection of helpful reminders about research tips, resources, and citation information.
Plagiarism and Citation Information
Plagiarism can be defined, in the simplest terms, as using others' works as your own. This can take many forms and isn't always done on purpose. Many students plagiarize without realizing it. There are many ways to avoid plagiarism beyond just citing your sources. Keep in mind the following:
Always double check your citations, even when using a citation generator.
Double check with your professor on citation requirements and expectations. Different professors use different standards, based on subject area or assignment needs, so don't assume what works in one class will work in all classes.
When typing your rough draft, avoid having sources right in front of you. This helps avoid accidentally "lifting" material as you write.
Read your paper out loud (or have a friend read it to you). You should hear your voice in addition to the sources you're citing.
Keep in mind that avoiding plagiarism isn't just about avoiding trouble. Avoiding plagiarism gives you a strong voice and makes you part of the academic conversation on a topic. You're an active participant!
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