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Plagiarism Tutorial

Plagiarism is the lack of attributing intellectual ideas and creative works to their creator.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Now that you understand what plagiarism is and the necessity of avoiding it, let's learn some ways to prevent it. 

Plan and start early - You will need to stay organized throughout the research process to avoid plagiarism. Keep track of your sources so you will be able to cite them later. Also, writing citations takes time. Make sure to leave yourself time in the writing process to do it well. 

Quote and Paraphrase - Direct quotes are a great way to attribute credit to your source, but use them sparingly. Paraphrasing or summarizing a source is fine, but you will still need to your cite the author(s). 

Cite properly - Wilmer Writing Center and the Library are great resources to help you craft your citations.