Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016     Views: 509

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.


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. Additionally, check out the web resources below or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) and Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for more assistance with avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation.

Books from the Library:

 Stop Plagiarism Book Cover

Stop Plagiarism by Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic; Katie Elson Anderson
Call Number: PN167 .S76 2010
ISBN: 9781555707163
Publication Date: 2010-08-01

 Plagiarism Education and Prevention Book Cover

Plagiarism Education and Prevention by Cara Bradley
Call Number: PN167 .B73 2011
ISBN: 9781843345848
Publication Date: 2011-02-17

To find more books and ebooks on avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation, please search the Online Library Catalog.

Video Tutorials:

Via the Atomic Learning database, currently enrolled SNHU students, faculty, and staff can access video tutorials that can help you avoid plagiarism. Please ask a librarian or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about avoiding plagiarism.

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Learning About Plagiarism Videos:

These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

For more help avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation, contact the Learning Center (UC) or Online Writing Center (COCE).

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