Student Tools for Plagiarism in the Classroom
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to develop good research habits
- Ask your librarian whether your school uses Noodletools, Easybib or another tool.
- EasyBib will help you cite, but NoodleTools will help you learn how to take notes carefully and properly.
- Write down the citation details of all sources you consult.
- Keep notes (paraphrased or quoted) and their citation details together.
- Learn proper paraphrasing – it isn't just changing a few words.
- In your notes, clearly differentiate among quotes, paraphrasing, summaries, common knowledge and personal opinion.
- Learn how to correctly cite sources.
- Ask your teacher for help.
- Use a guide like this example of a research note taking guide.
Correctly quoting starts with good research and is the foundation of avoiding plagiarism
- Citing strengthens your writing.
- Citing reveals that you have researched your idea and synthesized all the information into your own body of work.
- Citing shows that you have reached beyond your own world and listened to the ideas of others.
- Citing someone else shows that other important people support your own thoughts.
- By quoting oppositional thoughts, you demonstrate that you have thought about both sides of an issue.
- Citing makes you sound intelligent and will probably improve your grade.
United States Copyright Office
The US Copyright office serves the community of both creators and those who use created material with thier website containing a compilation of laws, regulations, policies, and files on copyright law. The Office's mission is: "To promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system." Accessed November6, 2012 from http://www.copyright.gov.