Recognize and overcome common pitfalls during the research and writing process that might lead to unintentionally appropriating someone else's words and ideas.
Purdue’s much respected Online Writing Lab (OWL), offers a wealth of clear information about avoiding plagiarism and correctly using and formatting citations. These two pages may be particularly helpful in avoiding unintentional plagiarism.
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Consult the tab above to see Newbury's statement on academic integrity.
Watch this short video made by the staff at Boston University to learn more about plagiarism. The lessons in the video can be applied to all colleges.
Please check for specific guidelines with your professor. Some examples:
If a study group works on assigned problems, each member of the group should write up the solution from scratch on their own without further consultation with the other members of the group.
The solutions that you hand in must be your own work, not copied from someone else. You should independently write mathematical solutions to the problems to be sure you understand the general principles as well as the specific answer
See if you can explain your ideas to a friend without referring to your notes. If you can't, or if you find yourself using other people's language, you may need to increase your own understanding of the subject before writing the paper or giving the presentation.
See for yourself!
Don't cite a source you haven't read, heard or viewed.
Use quotation marks in your notes to make it clear when you are using someone else's words or ideas.
Images from the Web must be properly cited in any presentation, paper or electronic.
--Neville: Complete Guide to Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism