Most students know that plagiarism (passing off another person’s work as your own) is a form of academic dishonesty and is strictly prohibited. It is possible, however, for an individual to be unintentionally guilty of plagiarizing-- by using another individual’s work without attributing the work to the original author or by changing another’s work only minimally. It is important to understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. Consult the helpful information about avoiding plagiarism from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab and the useful explanation of the differences between plagiarism and paraphrasing, prepared by UCM’s Writing Center.
Writing a research paper involves building your argument by using existing literature that pertains to your topic. In order to avoid plagiarism, you must cite your sources and acknowledge other authors’ ideas that you are using in your paper. There are several style manuals and guides that describe how to cite books, articles, and other resources. The most commonly used style manual in the social sciences is from the American Psychological Association. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and other style manuals and citation resources are listed below.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers many free resources including style guides, information about the writing process, and tips on avoiding plagiarism. Visit the OWL at http://owl.english.purdue.edu
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