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Plagiarism- How to avoid: Reading and note-taking

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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Reading and note-taking

  • In your notes, always mark someone else's words with a big Q, for quote, or use big quotation marks

  • Indicate in your notes which ideas are taken from sources with a big S, and which are your own insights (ME)

  • When information comes from sources, record relevant documentation in your notes (book and article titles; URLs on the Web)

Avoiding Plagiarism from the Office of Research Integrity
at the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

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