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Plagiarism- How to avoid: Writing about another's ideas

tips for avoiding plagiarism
(content is from Best Practices for Research and Drafting section in Purdue University's Avoiding Plagiarism guide)


Turnitin is software that the university subscribes to that detects potential plagiarism. It  will generate a “similarity” score that indicates the percentage of the student’s paper that matches the vast content in Turnitin’s database. Your professor can add a dropbox in Pilot for this tool so that you can use it.

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Writing about another's ideas

  • Note the name of the idea's originator in the sentence or throughout a paragraph about the idea

  • Use parenthetical citations, footnotes, or endnotes to refer readers to additional sources about the idea, as necessary

  • Be sure to use quotation marks around key phrases or words that the idea's originator used to describe the idea

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