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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

eNotes has a really great page on how to avoid plagiarism.  Please follow the link to see the detailed discussion of what is and is not plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarizing.

In general, the basic rule is to avoid taking others' ideas or words and putting them down as your own.  This, of course, means that you should not take actual verbatim quotes and use them as your own.  It also means that you should not take ideas without giving credit for them.

Of course, when you write papers, you will be using other people's ideas a lot.  That is fine.  But make sure that you cite their works when you do that.  That is the basic rule for avoiding plagiarism.

kavthuv | Student

- If you copy word-for-word, use quotations.
- Put things into your own words. This is called paraphrasing. Be aware that after you paraphrase you must cite your source for the idea because it isn't something you came up with.
- CITE, CITE,CITE ...did I mention to CITE your sources. Depending on your topic and the style of paper you are writing it will either be a works cited page or a bibliography. A good cite to use to create one of these (if you don't know how to already) is You just have to enter in the information and style of citations and wheather it is a works cited or a bibliography and the generator will put your source in the correct format in alphabetical order.

lolly56 | Student

1. don't look at other person's paper.

2. ignore everyone and pay attention to your own test.

3. study really hard before you take your test and take it seriously.


krishna-agrawala | Student

Plagiarism means presenting ideas and writing of others as your own. This can be an intentional action of claiming authorship or ownership of what has belongs to others. It can also be unintentional when there is no intention to claim the authorship of material belonging to others, but still material taken from other source is taken without acknowledging the source.

The main key to avoid plagiarism is to ensure that, in your writings, you have something more to say than the basic ideas and information that you may collect from other sources. If you have nothing new to add, there is no justification in writing another piece. Once you have found something new and worthwhile to contribute, you can make your paper valuable and impressive without plagiarism.

You can still borrow material from other sources, but three guidelines should be followed.

  1. Material taken from other sources should be kept to the minimum. If material is borrowed extensively from any single source, it may amount to illegal infringement of copyright laws, in addition to being plagiarism. Therefore, when required, permission should be obtained from the original copyright holder.
  2. The borrowed material should be rephrased to suit the requirement of the readers of your paper. Rephrasing some original writing to make it appear different from it is still plagiarism, even if it cannot be detected.
  3. Reference of all borrowed material should be provided in the paper. This serves the purpose of acknowledgement of the contribution of others. It also enables the readers of your paper to check back on the original sources for further details.
zumba96 | Student

Do not copy and paste. If you do use quotations and remember to cite them and reference everything as well as put it in a works cited page