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Online documents make it very easy to cut and paste information without thinking and without giving proper credit. Make sure you understand how to cite your sources.
The OWL at Purdue is an excellent online resource to help you cite properly.
Most library databases can generate citations for articles in common citation formats.
Or you can create your own MLA formatetd citations by consulting your class textbook or reviewing the information at the OWL at Purdue.
When it is time to gather all of your notes and start writing the paper, avoid the most common mistake - plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only taking large parts of someone else's work and not attributing credit to that author; paraphrasing sections of a work, even using synonyms and citing the work, is also plagiarism.
- Use direct quotations to support the paper's thesis.
- Rethink and rewrite the author's original idea and express it in a new way.
Even if the ideas are rewritten, the source of the idea must be cited and the author given credit.
For further information, see
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