Thématique: Plagiarism
How to make sure you don’t plagiarize
The art of rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
OBJECTIVES
  • Identify the steps to stay clear of plagiarism
QUIZ
What advice would you give to Anna so that she doesn’t find herself plagiarizing? (Select only one answer.)
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.)
Which of the following statements are correct? (Select all that apply.)
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KEY POINTS

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.


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