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Avoiding Plagiarism

Understanding Ethics and Plagiarism

Ethics in writing refers to the moral principles we have as writers when using sources to write our papers. We want readers to trust that our writing is our own and that we have properly cited the information we got from other sources. "Plagiarism" is when we fail to cite our sources, which in turn violates the trust we have with the reader. The sources below give explanations of what ethics and plagiarism is and how to avoid plagiarism in your assignments

Why Citations Matter

Citations give credit to the author of the information we use in our assignments. Citing information is important because it not only acknowledges that the information is not our own, but also that we're using it to strengthen the argument of our paper. The sources below go into detail about the importance of citing any information we use. 

Quoting and Paraphrasing

When we use information from other sources in our assignments, we can choose to quote it directly, which means using the exact words from the text, or we can paraphrase, which means taking a chunk of information and putting it into our own words. When and why we do these things depends on what we're writing about. The source below go more in-depth on how to use direct quotations and paraphrasing in your assignments.