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  • 1. Avoiding Plagiarism http://www.ololcollege.edu/archive_material/Plagiarism_Project/Image21.gif
  • 2. Step 1: Read • Think: What’s important? What is the author writing about? • Optional: Print out your articles/make a photocopy of your http://www.youthbeat.com/Portals/33268/images/Teen-at-computer.jpg• You need to know what sources and read actively. you’ve found in order to – Use a pen/highlighter to take notes on it. (DUH!) identify important information.
  • 3. Step 2: Think ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS: Then…• Is this information relevant • If you can answer “YES” to to my paper? these questions, move on.• Can I trust this resource? • If you said “NO” to any of• Do I need this information, these questions, consider or do I already have it? moving on and finding another source. http://mollymediastudios.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/bubble_thought_l.gif
  • 4. Step 3: Decide How to Proceed• Use a direct quote? – If you can’t say it any better yourself OR• Paraphrase? – If you need the details of the text, but you can put it in your own words and OR not lose anything.• Summarize? – If you only need the main ideas of what you’ve read. Condensing the information will be enough.
  • 5. But, how do I do these things? http://247magazine.co.uk/wp-content/themes/247magazine-images/2010/11/homealone2.jpg
  • 6. How to Quote Directly• Copy and paste the text you intend to use.• Put quotation marks around it. (Both sides, please.)• Beneath the quote, explain, in your own words, the significance of this information. – If you can’t say it any better, you still ought to have a reason to include it. Explain that here.
  • 7. In-textcitation Direct Quote (Notes)• Siegel: “being constantly involved with Facebook promoted a single-minded focus on oneself--ones looks, habits, and behaviors.”• This means that the problem is directly connected to the amount of time the user spends on Facebook.• Being submerged in pictures of others all of the time encourages one to be self-conscious.
  • 8. In-text Direct Quote (Written Draft)citation It’s hard to pinpoint what about Facebook inspires users to hurt themselves, but a study cited by Siegel states that “being constantly involved with Facebook promoted a single- minded focus on oneself--ones looks, habits, and behaviors.”This means that the problem is directly connected to the amount of time the user spends on Facebook. Being submerged in pictures of others all of the time encourages one to be self-conscious.
  • 9. How to Paraphrase• USE YOUR OWN WORDS! – None of this “I’ll only copy parts of it”-business. • The parts you do copy will need quotation marks. – Sticking in a few synonyms with a thesaurus is NOT paraphrasing. – Do not attempt to imitate the author’s style. Be yourself. – Pretend you’re “teaching” this information to someone else.• Be sure to use “all main points and important details” from the article you’re using (Lundsford 183).• Explain the significance of your paraphrased material.
  • 10. Paraphrasing (Notes)• Original Text: “being constantly involved with In-text Facebook promoted a single-minded focus on citation oneself--ones looks, habits, and behaviors.”• A study cited by Siegel states that users who are Notice that continuously on Facebook are in danger of being this version too self-conscious. They’re tempted to be of the concerned about their appearance and actions. material, my version, says• Why does Facebook inspire users to hurt the same themselves? thing that• If users spent less time on Facebook, they might the quote not be so concerned with how they stack up does, but against others. using my words.
  • 11. Paraphrasing (Written Draft)• Original Text: “being constantly involved with Facebook promoted a single-minded focus on In-text oneself--ones looks, habits, and behaviors.” citation• It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what about Notice that Facebook inspires users to hurt themselves, this version but a study cited by Siegel states that users of the who are continuously on Facebook are in material, my danger of being too self-conscious. They’re version, says tempted to be concerned about their the same thing that appearance and actions. If users spent less the quote time on Facebook, they might not be so does, but concerned with how they stack up against using my others. words.
  • 12. How to Summarize• USE YOUR OWN WORDS!• SHORTEN THINGS UP! – Summaries are shorter than the original.• Write down only the main points, what really matters here (Lunsford 184).• Explain the significance of your summary.
  • 13. Summary (Notes)• Original Text: “being constantly involved with Facebook promoted a single-minded focus on oneself--ones looks, habits, and behaviors.” Notice that this summary• suggests that the problem is directly connected only comments to the fact that users are spending too much on the main time on social networking sites (Siegel). points, not the nitty-• If users spent less time on Facebook, they gritty details. might not be so concerned with how they stack It’s also a up against others. little shorter than my summary. In-text citation
  • 14. Summary (Written Draft)• Original Text: “being constantly involved with Facebook promoted a single-minded focus on oneself--ones looks, habits, and behaviors.”• It’s hard to pinpoint what about Facebook Notice that inspires users to hurt themselves, but a study this summary cited suggests that the problem is directly only connected to the fact that users are spending comments too much time on social networking sites on the main (Siegel). If users spent less time on Facebook, points, not the nitty- they might not be so concerned with how they gritty details. stack up against others. It’s also a little shorterIn-text than mycitation summary.
  • 15. Works Cited• Lunsford, Andrea A. Everyday Writer. New York: Bedford, 2009. 181-83. Print.• Siegel, Judy. "Link Found Between Heavy Use of Facebook and Eating Disorders..." Jerusalem Post (International). 01 Feb 2011: 6. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 18 Apr 2012.