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Avoiding Plagiarism

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Tips to Avoid Plagiarism 

Abundant guidance exists on how to avoid plagiarism. Many of it focuses on how to properly include citations in the end products of scholarship. While this is an important step, there are several practices one can employ at the beginning of a project to avoid claiming another's work as your own.

  1. Mitigate stress by planning ahead and asking for help. 
    Various studies link negative emotions, like stress or anxiety, with attitudes concerning plagiarism (Tindall et al.; Tindall and Curtis; Roe). 
  2. When doing research, document your sources from the beginning.
    The library recommends Zotero to keep track of sources. Zotero lets you collect all the information you need for a source in an app on your computer—no more worrying about accidentally closing browser tabs and losing that perfect source!
  3. Take detailed notes throughout your project. 

Roe, Jasper. “Reconceptualizing Academic Dishonesty as a Struggle for Intersubjective Recognition: A New Theoretical Model.” Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, vol. 9, no. 1, 1, May 2022, pp. 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-022-01182-9.

Tindall, Isabeau K., et al. “Can Negative Emotions Increase Students’ Plagiarism and Cheating?” International Journal for Educational Integrity, vol. 17, no. 1, Dec. 2021, p. 25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40979-021-00093-7.

Tindall, Isabeau K., and Guy J. Curtis. “Negative Emotionality Predicts Attitudes Toward Plagiarism.” Journal of Academic Ethics, vol. 18, no. 1, Mar. 2020, pp. 89–102.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10805-019-09343-3.