Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
Have you ever worried that you might accidentally plagiarize by forgetting to cite a source or by not paraphrasing thoroughly enough? You're not alone. Many graduate students share this fear, especially when managing many sources over several years.
The purpose of this module is to help you understand plagiarism and develop strategies to avoid it. The units in this module describe in detail the steps you need to take when borrowing ideas, from note-taking effectively to incorporating sources with proper citations. Examples of plagiarism cases are included to help you understand why and how plagiarism occurs. By strengthening these research and writing habits, you will be able to prevent plagiarism in your own work and feel more confident as an academic writer.
After completing this module, you should be able to:
- Define plagiarism and evaluate texts for potential plagiarism;
- Develop and apply proper paraphrasing, quoting, and citing strategies to avoid plagiarizing; and
- Develop greater confidence in your ability to avoid plagiarism.
Self-enrol in Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism eClass