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Thou Shall Not Plagiarize. Instead...

Learn how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote to avoid plagiarism!

Abby Van Alstine

on 3 February 2011

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Transcript of Thou Shall Not Plagiarize. Instead...

Summarize. Paraphrase. Quote. boil down to the most important details
and present the original passage
"in a nutshell" (think key points) *fully restate the author's ideas, in your own words, without changing the meaning.
*restate the author's exact words using "quotation marks."

When should I quote?
Check the quote against the original-is it accurate?

Are the words, spelling, order and punctuation the same?

Short quotes-work into a sentence

Long quotes-stand alone in a "block"
1. When the author's words are very memorable and will add some 'pizazz' to your paper

2. When the passage is so clear that making the same point in your own words would be ineffective

3. When you want to support your own points with an author who has similar points
When should I paraphrase?
When you want to simplify the original passage
Tips Paraphrasing is NOT Summarizing: NO KEYPOINTS

Focus on KEY WORDS important to the meaning

Follow the author's ideas sentence by sentence, putting each sentence in your own words

should be shorter than the original passage

avoid wording and sentence structure similar to the original

needs citation When should I summarize?
Tips When your passage is really long but important to share
use your own words

Stay true to the author's meaning

include only the key points (in sentence form)

should be no longer than 1/4 the length of the original passage

avoid wording and sentence structure similar to the original

needs citation
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