· Substituting a few words or phrases for the original text
· Copying a major word or phrase “word-for word” without quotation marks or crediting the author
· Paraphrasing without crediting the author
· Taking an author’s idea without crediting the source
1. Cite author’s words and/or ideas
2. Learn how to paraphrase (so that you don’t have to “quote” everything)
1. Read the entire text, noting key points and main ideas.
2. In your own words summarize the single main idea of the essay in a short paragraph.
3. In your own words, paraphrase (aka re-write) important supporting points that come up in the text.
4. Consider any brief words, phrases, or brief passages you think should be quoted directly.
5. Write your new passage using your summary and/or paraphrase, incorporating quotes when necessary. Be sure to cite your source, even if you don’t include quotes!
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