Answered By: Donald Page
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016     Views: 134

See How to Avoid Plagiarism, published by the Harvard College Writing Program. Many publications on plagiarism focus on defining plagiarism and consequences for plagiarizing. While this is important, Harvard's guideline provides practical tips from the time research is first begun to the finished essay turned in to the class instructor.

The guideline is divided into these useful steps:

  • Keep track of your sources; print electronic sources
  • Keep sources in correct context
  • Plan ahead
  • Don't cut and paste: File and label your sources
  • Keep your own writing and your sources separate
  • Keep your notes and your draft separate
  • Paraphrase carefully in your notes; acknowledge your sources explicitly when paraphrasing
  • Avoid reading a classmate's paper for inspiration
  • Don't save your citations for later
  • Quote your sources properly
  • Keep a source trail

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