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Plagiarism  An integral part of written communication is the free exchange of words and ideas. Using the words and ideas of others is unavoidable and even encouraged. A research paper, for example, uses others’ words and ideas to support important claims or create accurate descriptions. However, using words and ideas without giving proper credit is plagiarism. Avoiding Plagiarism  Plagiarism is avoided by properly documenting sources. This generally requires linking sources used in your paper to footnotes, endnotes, or a works cited lists, according to a specific documentation style. In particular, it is important to properly document another person’s words and properly document another person’s ideas . Note: For more information on specific styles of documentation, see the handouts on APA, MLA, Turabian, and CSE style. Documenting words  When using another person’s words, expressions, sentences, or paragraphs, quote the borrowed content. This is accomplished through the use of quotation marks or proper indentation, depending on length and documentation style. In addition, the source of the quoted material must be properly documented, including the specific page number(s) if possible. Documenting ideas  Most college students are aware that reproducing another person’s words without proper quotation and documentation is plagiarism. A less understood form of plagiarism, however, is using another person’s ideas as if they were one’s own. This often occurs when a student paraphrases or summarizes another source improperly, or without documentation. Paraphrasing
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