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Avoiding Plagiarism

Using Cut-and-Paste

If something is online and doesn't have an author, I can use it without citing, right?

WRONG! It is really easy to cut-and-paste things you find online. A couple of clicks and you're done! It seems like everything on the web is available for anyone to use in any way, especially if there is no author. Nevertheless, everything that can be cut-and-paste must adhere to the same plagiarism (and copyright) rules as everything in print.

It can also be really easy to forget where you found that quote that you copied.

When you are copying things directly from an online source, put quotation marks around the item in your notes AND paste the web address. It will be easier for you to find it again.

Remember. . . whether the source was originally in print or online, CITE WHAT YOU USE.

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