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How To Avoid Plagiarism
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 13, 2003, 11:28 PST

Plagiarism is a rampant problem in the academic world. How do you safeguard against plagiarism? The Staff at ClassBrain has assembled a set of resources to help students with this issue.

Style Guides Online:

A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation
This site is an excellent online guide to how to create a properly formatted MLA paper. This is a wonderful resource for students, parents, and teachers.
Source: Capital Community College Library

Research And Documentation Online
This excellent resource site allows you to see which style guide is preferred by various university departments as well as to view sample papers created in each style. This guide covers: MLA, APA, Chicago Paper, and CBE.
Source: Bedford St Martin’s

APA Style Guide Online
This style guide has been adopted by many of the social and behavioral sciences for their editorial style and citations.
Source: APA Online

The Hamilton College Style Sheet
This guide takes students through the writing process, organization, plagiarism, works cited, documentation, and more.
Source: Hamilton College

For everyone:

Avoiding Plagiarism
This little guide helps students get a handle on what plagiarism is and the steps needed to avoid it. It’s available as a PDF handout and includes a quiz.
Source: Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering The Art Of Scholarship
This is a more extensive guide to what constitutes plagiarism. It includes guidelines on how to avoid creating a plagiarized document and examples. It is also available as a PDF handout.
Source: Regents of UC Davis

How To Avoid Plagiarism
This guide is very descriptive. I contains clear examples of the difference between properly cited and improperly created materials. Topics include: interpretation, paraphrasing, author’s examples and visual materials, debatable facts, and more.
Source: Northwestern University

Plagiarism: An IRCC Tutorial
This is a clearly designed tutorial that allows the student or teacher to define plagiarism and cybercheating, recognize examples of plagiarism, locate online help about plagiarism, and avoid plagiarism.
Source: Indian River Community College

Student Guide To Avoiding Plagiarism
The standout feature of this guide is the comparison of original material with its plagiarized counterpart and a correctly cited version. This makes a murky subject much clearer.
Source: California State University, Fullerton

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