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Plagiarism- How to avoid: Writing paraphrases or summaries

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


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Writing paraphrases or summaries

  • Use a statement that credits the source somewhere in the paraphrase or summary, e.g., According to Jonathan Kozol, ...).

  • If you're having trouble summarizing, try writing your paraphrase or summary of a text without looking at the original, relying only on your memory and notes

  • Check your paraphrase or summary against the original text; correct any errors in content accuracy, and be sure to use quotation marks to set off any exact phrases from the original text

  • Check your paraphrase or summary against sentence and paragraph structure, as copying those is also considered plagiarism.

  • Put quotation marks around any unique words or phrases that you cannot or do not want to change: e.g., "savage inequalities" exist throughout our educational system (Kozol).

Works Cited

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1992. Print.

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