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As you research:

  • Record the author, title, publisher, and publication date of your sources
  • When you take notes, be sure to record the page number where you found the information
  • If you copy exact text into your notes, specify that it’s quoted material

As you write: 

  • When you paraphrase, close the book and write the idea in your own words.
  • Then check it against the original.
  • Consider giving credit to the author at the beginning of the sentence (eg, “According to Sturken and Cartwright…”)
  • If the original source uses a word or phrase that you think is necessary to convey the idea, put it in quotation marks and include a citation

As you proofread:

  • Make sure that all material (quoted or paraphrased ) from outside sources is cited in the body of your paper and on the Works Cited page
  • Check any direct quotations against the original source
  • Verify that paraphrased information doesn’t borrow key words or sentence structure from the original source

Source: “Avoiding Plagiarism.” 11 Jan. 2007. Glendale College Library. 20 Feb. 2008. web .