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Plagiarism Prevention Guide: Avoiding Plagiarism

This guide helps first year students how to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism.

"Of course I don't know how to cite or how to do research, so . . ."

While your professors may assign research, it's up to you to learn how to do it well while avoiding plagiarism.

Don't wait till it's too late. Make sure you fully understand what it is you need to do for your research assignment and start looking for useful information.

The best way to get research help for your assignments is to talk to a Reference Librarian.

Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting: What's the Difference?

Paraphrasing and summarizing are important skills to learn. Even though you have put something you read in your own words, you still need to cite the source.

You can AVOID an accusation of PLAGIRISM by learning how to properly cite the source you are paraphasing or summarizing.

Learn more about how to paraphrase and summarize:

 

Take a look at this video clip below to clickly learn the differences between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting.

Procrastinators Usually Don't Manage their Time Well

Crushing LoadDo you find you leave things to the last minute? As a student your life is very busy. You have courses to take, assignments and papers to get done, jobs to go to, family to please. This can all be overwhelming and sometimes juggling all you responsibilities might lead you to leave certain things, like school work, to the last minute - to procrastinate. 

Here are some links to Web sites that provide you with handouts and tips that can help you to stop procrastinating and manage your time better in order to get things done more efficiently. Remember, good time-management helps ensure that you won't need to resort to plagiarism:

Learn About Research and Citation - Get a Book

When you first get a research assignment, it can seem very difficult. But if you plagiarise, your professors will know. Knowing a bit more about research will help you understand the importance of why you shouldn't plagiarize. The Library has quite a few books on how to do research. We've given you two here. Need more? Find them by clicking on this link to get to our online catalog: CUNY+ (CUNY's book catalog). You then need to do four things:

  1. In the "Select search type:" click "Keyword in subject"
  2. Copy the following keyword terms: research methodology and handbooks and manuals and paste them In the "Search for box:"
  3. In the "Select library box:" make sure LaGuardia CC is selected from the pull-down menu.
  4. Click the "Search" button.

Managing Your Time Well Helps you to Avoid Plagiarism

One of the main reasons why students resort to plagiarising is that they run out of time and have to get their paper done in a rush in order to meet the deadline. Waiting to the last minute is not a habit that leads to success. You have to learn and master time-management skills in order to do "A" level work. Good time management also helps to reduce levels of stress and anxiety, so having good time-management skills is one key yo academic success. The Library has quite a few books on manageing your time. We've given you two here. Need more? Find them by clicking on this link to get to our online catalog: CUNY+ (CUNY's book catalog). You then need to do four things:

  1. In the "Select search type:" click "Keyword in subject"
  2. Copy the following keywords: time management and past them in the "Search for box:"
  3. In the "Select library box:" make sure LaGuardia CC is selected from the pull-down menu.
  4. Click the "Search" button.

Good Time Managers Usually Don't Plagiarize

People who are good at managing their time not only keep their stress and anxiety levels low, they are also more efficient at getting things done. In other words, they are productive. Watch the following video clip to learn more about improving your own productivity.

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