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Five Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

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First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.

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Use the ideas of others sparinglyonly to support or reinforce your own argument.

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Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
4 When taking notes or copying information from online databases, the Web, magazines, books, etc., include a complete citation for each item you use as a source of information.
5 A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.

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