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  • 1. How to Use Your Sources
    Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Properly Citing to Avoid Plagiarism
    Kate Hammond
    Perkiomen School
    February 2010
  • 2. What is Plagiarism?
    “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own”
    (Oxford Dictionary of English, 2005.)
  • 3. Beyond Copying & Pasting
    There are many ways to plagiarize!
    Purposeful
    Accidental
  • 4. When in doubt, CITE IT!
  • 5. Quotations
    “The Depression had caused many Americans to reconsider their political outlook” (Bird & Sherwin, 115).
  • 6. Paraphrasing
    Many Americans’ political beliefs were affected because of the Depression (Bird & Sherwin, 115).
  • 7. Facts that are not generally known
    Three out of four Californians were registered Republicans in 1930; by 1938 there were twice as many Democrats as Republicans (Bird & Sherwin).
  • 8. My teachers keep telling me to use MLA format when writing papers and citing sources. What the %@#$ is MLA?!?!
  • 9. Modern Language Association
    MLA style tells you how to format your papers, quotations, and citations
    Use your Hacker Pocket Style Manual to help you
    See the wiki for more online guides
  • 10. WHY?
    Helps you avoid plagiarizing
    Helps your teacher recognize which ideas are yours, and which are bits of evidence you’ve gathered through excellent research!
    It’s for your own good!!!
  • 11. Works Cited
    Bird, Kai, and Martin J. Sherwin. American Prometheus: the Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.
    "plagiarism noun"  The Oxford Dictionary of English (revised edition). Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Perkiomen School.  9 February 2010  http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t140.e59316

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