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Plagiarism & Citations

Avoiding Plagarism

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  • Pay Attention. Be a careful writer. Make sure you are presenting your own ideas and give credit to others when you use their ideas.


  • Ask for Help. Talk to your teachers about what constitutes plagiarism. If you have questions, bring up specific examples.


  • Cite Information Accurately. Make sure you follow the proper citation manual for your assignment. Citation manuals have tons of examples for you to follow. If you don't have a manual, you will find them in any library, bookstore, or on the web.


  • Plan Ahead. Don't wait until the last minute to research and write a paper. This is when people make mistakes and may plagiarize unknowingly. This is also when people might be tempted to purchase papers online or get a friend to write a speech.  A huge mistake!


  • Be Strong. If you see others cheating, have the courage to tell them it is wrong. Plagiarism hurts us all as students, as scholars, and as members of the UMass Boston community.

Plagiarism Resources

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