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 Writing Center offers free sessions with peer tutors to discuss your writing. Sessions are interactive and will engage you in discussion of your paper to guide you in developing your ideas and practicing revising and editing strategies.
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.
Even if the ideas are rewritten, the source of the idea must be cited and the author given credit.
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