Thématique: Plagiarism
How to make sure you don’t plagiarize
The art of rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
  • Identify the steps to stay clear of plagiarism
What advice would you give to Anna so that she doesn’t find herself plagiarizing? (Select only one answer.)
Never reformulate, but always quote word for word from the documents you have consulted.
Never use quotations in quotation marks.
Use only your own ideas and words in your academic papers.
Use a reference management software to systematically keep track of the references for the documents you have consulted.
Anna has just found a quotation in an article that would work very well in her paper. What is the first thing she should do? (Select only one answer.)
Try to reformulate the excerpt in her own words.
Copy the sentence into her draft.
Note down the complete reference for the article.
Continue reading to see if there might be a better quotation further on.
Which of the following statements are correct? (Select all that apply.)
Anna will probably get a better grade if she cites a variety of relevant documents.
Academic work is based on copying and pasting and indicating your source.
The reader must be able to clearly distinguish your own words and ideas from those that you have borrowed from others.
You do not need to cite the sources of images found on the Internet.
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As Anna and Jules illustrate in the video, it is easy to commit an act of plagiarism. To make sure that you never do, systematically cite your sources when you use excerpts from any documents, be they print, audiovisual or of any other type. You are allowed to use an author’s words or ideas, but your reader has to be able to distinguish with certainty between what you have borrowed and your own words and ideas.

Some advice:

  • Systematically note down the complete references for sources as soon as you have found them. (You can do this by using reference management software if you wish.)
  • Even when you reformulate the words of an author (this is called paraphrasing), you must indicate the source in the same way you would for a quotation.
  • Choose your sources carefully. Your paper will be more favorably evaluated if you’re able to find and cite relevant, varied and high-quality sources.