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BMGT 205 - Professional Communication Fundamentals

Avoiding Plagiarism

Resource Sheet: Avoiding Plagiarism

Some common habits can put you at a higher risk for committing plagiarism. How many of these habits do you have?

  • Procrastinating
  • Skipping or just skimming required reading
  • Taking notes by copying directly from text
  • Taking notes from several sources all on one page or mixed up over several pages
  • Researching by cutting and pasting information from the Internet
  • Often forgetting to write down title, author, and other citation information
  • Feeling nervous about asking the instructor for help
  • Not wanting to admit you don’t understand something
  • Feeling you shouldn’t have to take the class in the first place

What can you do to be pro-active about reducing your risk of plagiarism?

  • Set up a schedule for each assignment
  • Start your research and writing early
  • Go to the instructor’s office hours the first week of class and introduce yourself
  • Find out why the class is required for your major
  • Set up a template page for notes that includes spaces for author, title, date, etc.

How can you take good notes?

  • “Plug and Chug”- the first thing you should include when copying text verbatim is a citation and bibliographic information
  • Draw lines in between notes pertaining to different authors
  • Use different colored pens or different fonts to highlight your words and the author’s separately
  • Use quotation marks to demarcate the original text
  • Summarize the argument of each book/article as succinctly as possible
  • Avoid too much cutting-and-pasting

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