Here are just a few tips on how to avoid plagiarism:
What is a Citation?
A citation is a quote or a reference to a book, article, passage, or other text or author. It contains the basic information that is needed to find a specific document, including the document’s author, title, and publication information.
Citations are used to give credit to authors for original ideas and arguments. That means that whenever you make a reference to another document or use an argument from another author in your paper, you need to cite that document and give credit to the author for their ideas. The APA style requires two types of citations for each document that you include in your paper: an in-text citation, and a references page citation.
Citing Within the Text
Whenever you are citing information from an outside source in your writing (for example, information from a book or article that you used in your research), the APA style requires that an in-text citation be provided immediately after the source is referenced. These in-text citations require an author’s last name and the date of publication for the document, for example, (Smith, 2010).
Did you know that there are tools out there that can help you keep track of your citations and references? By keeping track of your resources, you will be able to see what resources you have and what you are using.
You can also use the Reference & Bibliography tab in Word to keep track of your citations and references when writing your assignment
What is paraphrasing? It is putting something into your own words, such as summarizing a book or an article. It is expressing an idea in your words rather than the authors words. Though you may be thinking "how I can say it better than he did?" Well, let's take a look at a few resources that can help you on the journey of learning how to paraphrase.
Another way to avoid plagiarism is to keep a reference list. Keeping a list is extremely helpful in avoiding plagiarism. You will be able keep track of what sources you are using. Every time you decided to use a new sources, create a bibliographic citation for it in your reference list.
Quotations are another way to prevent plagiarism. Quotations are taking a direct quote or phrase from a work and inserting it in your work using quotations. Check out the resources below to understand how to properly use quotations.