Cory King

Beth Bensen-Barber

Eng 111 DL06

April 30th 2012

How to Avoid Plagiarism

         Plagiarism is a very serious act of being dishonest in your writings. It can be intentional or even unintentional. Plagiarism in general is when you write something either by quoting something someone has previously said or even paraphrasing what another individual has said but not giving the credit for it to that individual. You do this by not citing their work. Sometimes you do this “act” and are not aware that you are doing it. You have to be very careful in writing and researching that you include a full works cited list and not just a partial one.

Even something like using a paper that you previously wrote for another class or using a friend’s paper that they have given you permission to use is considered plagiarism. (Films Media Group, Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age) And of course buying, stealing, or copying an entire article from the web is considered plagiarism. ( Stolley and Brizee)

The best way to keep from doing any kind of plagiarism is to always give credit where credit is due. Cite your work properly. According to Karl Stolley and Allen Brizee of Purdue Owls online writing lab there is a list of certain items that always need to be credited and they are:

  • Anything from a magazine, book, TV program, newspaper, song, letter, web page, movie or any other medium such as these
  • Any information you get from interviewing another person either over the phone, face to face  or in writing
  • When you copy any exact words
  • Whenever you might reprint any diagrams, charts, pictures etc.
  • Whenever you reuse any images, videos or anything else the media has to offer (Stolley and Brizee)

Make sure you cite anything that is not of your own work, or words

Anything that is considered “common knowledge” will not have to be included as any work cited. So how do you decide if it is common knowledge? If you find the same information in at least five different sources and it is undocumented then you can consider it to be common knowledge. (Stolley and Brizee)

Many times you can still make a mistake in your citing’s. For this reason  below is a list according to Purdue Owl that will help you to avoid mistakes and still be able to give the correct credit where it is due.

  • When you are reading and note taking “always mark someone else’s words with a Q” this will help you to know  that it is a quote
  • Use a large S for your sources and ME for your own words in your notes
  • When you are writing or paraphrasing always give credit to the source in your notes such as “according to”
  • Mark any quotes with quotation marks clearly and use the sources name
  • Only quote what is sufficient don’t over quote by using the entire passage
  • Whenever you do shorten a quote always use ellipsis points (…..) this will show that you left out some of the text from the original
  • Use parenthetical citations, footnotes, or end notes to refer anyone to the other sources of your writings (Stolley and Brizee)

When you are ready to proof read your work always make sure that you read and reread your work with your notes in hand. Make sure that anything that is not “your “work is correctly cited and acknowledgment is given to the source that you got your information from. Use parenthetical citations, footnotes, end notes and also signal phrases. Have a references or works cited page. Use a bibliography and quotation marks where they are needed. (Stolley and Brizee) If you have any questions ask your professor but don’t just turn in your paper and there will not be any question about whether or not there is plagiarism in your work.

Works Cited:

Stolley, Karl, and Allen Brizee. “Welcome to the Purdue OWL.” Purdue OWL: Avoiding

Plagiarism. Purdue Owl, 21 Apr. 2010. Web. 24 Apr. 2012.


Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age. Films Media Group, 2011.Films          

            On Demand. Web. 25 April 2012.





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