Avoiding Plagiarism

Seven Rules for Avoiding Plagiarism:

  1. Attribution: Provide clear attribution of outside sources by using lead-in or signal phrases to introduce information from sources.
  2. Quotation Marks: Identify all words and phrases taken from sources by enclosing them within quotation marks.
  3. Citation: Follow all quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of outside sources with appropriate and complete citations.
  4. Paraphrase: Use your own words and sentence structure when you paraphrase.
  5. Loyalty to Source: Be certain that all summaries and paraphrases of your sources are accurate and objective.
  6. Works Cited: Include all of the sources cited in your paper in the Works Cited list or References page that follows the body of your paper.
  7. Citation for Images: Provide documentation for all visual images, charts, and graphs from printed or electronic sources.

Common Knowledge?

World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945.

An average tuna salad sandwich has 610 calories.

The teen pregnancy rate declined by two percent between 1999 and 2000.

At the autumn solstice, the hours of day and night are equal.

The freezing point of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Centigrade.

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America.

The critic Stephen Greenblatt argues that the religious conflicts of his period, especially those that occurred during his youth, had an effect on Shakespeare's work.

Hurricanes come in varying degrees of strength, rated from Category 1 to Category 5.

There are 5,283 hospice programs in the United States.

Aluminum cans make up less than one percent of solid waste in the U.S.

Many literary critics believe that the novelist Virginia Woolf drew extensively from her own experiences for the central character in her novel Mrs. Dalloway.

The painter Salvador Dali died in 1989.

Asthma attacks and other lung-related illnesses become more severe at night during sleep.