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Lancaster County CTC

How To Avoid Plagiarism

Start Early
  • Time Management
  • Research Process
Choose your topics wisely!
  • Take time to do a little research prior to picking a topic.
Take Notes
  • Index Cards
  • Color Coding
Cite Correctly
  • 2 steps: In-text & References
  • Consult with Instructor

Are you plagiarizing?

Described in Details

A flowchart depicting a general guide to understanding written plagiarism.
  • Question: Are your own words being used?
    • Yes
      • Q: Is it your idea?
        • Yes Yay! You’re not plagiarizing!
        • No. You’re paraphrasing, and need to add a citation and bibliography.
    • No
      • Q: Are you using quotation marks or placing it in blockquote?
        • Yes? Yay! You’re not plagiarizing!
        • No? You’re plagiarizing! Go quote it! Once you are done be sure to add a citation and bibliography!