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Critical Thinking & Academic Research

This guide is created to aid you in your development of critical thinking skills and in your ability to conduct research using library resources.

Plagiarism Explained

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Use quotations for the exact wording you use directly.
  • Use your own words when paraphrasing and summarizing and know how much percentage you paraphrased or summarized
  • Provide citations for all quotations, summaries, and paraphrases.
  • Provide citations for any material including non-text resources such as images, audio, information obtained by e-mail, chat, etc.
  • Keep track of your citations. If you are photocopying, printing, or downloading an article or an excerpt from a book, keep the citation information together with the text. 
  • Ask a librarian to help you with citing your resources properly in the required format. 
  • When in doubt if it is a piece of common knowledge or not, just cite!

Avoid over-citing as it is another form of plagiarism. Make sure to incorporate your own ideas with the citations and explain them. 

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