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Avoiding Plagiarism

Knowing what to cite, and what you do not need to cite, will give you the confidence needed to avoid plagiarism as you write papers and use ideas and materials from journal articles, websites, books, videos, etc. Citing the materials you used to write your paper tells your readers where you found the information and who created, or authored, the materials used to support your topic.

After viewing these short videos, you will be able to:

  • Identify some basic rules about when to cite your sources.
  • Identify examples of "common knowledge".
  • Be able to describe the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and direct quotations when citing sources.