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Safe Practices

Summary:

There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.

Contributors:Karl Stolley, Allen Brizee, Joshua M. Paiz
Last Edited: 2013-10-07 02:46:11

Most students, of course, don't intend to plagiarize. In fact, most realize that citing sources actually builds their credibility for an audience and even helps writers to better grasp information relevant to a topic or course of study. Mistakes in citation and crediting can still happen, so here are certain practices that can help you not only avoid plagiarism, but even improve the efficiency and organization of your research and writing.

Best Practices for Research and Drafting

Reading and note-taking

Interviewing and conversing

Writing paraphrases or summaries

Writing direct quotations

Writing about another's ideas

Maintaining drafts of your paper

Sometimes innocent, hard-working students are accused of plagiarism because a dishonest student steals their work. This can happen in all kinds of ways, from a roommate copying files off of your computer, to someone finding files on a disk or on a pen drive left in a computer lab. Here are some practices to keep your own intellectual property safe:

Revising, proofreading, and finalizing your paper

Works Cited

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. New York: Crown      Publishers, Inc., 1992. Print.

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