Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017     Views: 668

Follow these common sense tips for avoiding plagiarism:

  • Keep a careful record of your research.
  • Make sure you have all of the citations for the sources you are using. Have your books, print outs, web links, etc. easily accessible.
  • Use an outline when you write. It will help organize your thoughts.
  • Use quotation marks for direct quotes.
  • If you paraphrase (write in your own words) another author's words, remember to cite the author/souce.
  • Know which citation style you should be using (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). Ask your instructor if you're unsure which style you should be using.
  • WHEN IN DOUBT, CITE THE SOURCE.

Plagiarism Detection

Your instructors have access to several technology resources to help them with plagiarism detection.

Turnitin:  A plagiarism prevention system used at SNHU. A student submits a paper and Turnitin checks it for plagiarism against content on the web, other student papers, and selected online library databases.

Google:  In addition to Turnitin, a simple Google search can oftentimes detect plagiarism. Instructors can just put a sentence or two of a student's paper into Google and see if there are any matches.

Help Avoiding Plagiarism & Copyright Violation

The library has several books and ebooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation. To find books and ebooks on avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.

More information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation.

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This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about strategies to avoid plagiarism.  

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