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Citing Sources Guide

Use Our Avoiding Plagiarism Guide

Note: The Understanding Plagiarism tab you are vewing now will be phased out on August 31, 2022. Instead, use our Avoiding Plagiarism Guide at https://libguides.wmich.edu/plagiarism.

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Five Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

  1. Use your own ideas! It's your paper! 
  2. Use the ideas of others sparingly--only to support or reinforce your own argument
  3. When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use
  4. Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words
  5. Write for 30 minutes without using any notes
    • Helps you think through what you want to say
    • Helps prevent your being too dependent upon your sources

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