Dear Amy: What does it mean to plagiarize? Nathan V., Hartford, Connecticut
Dear Nathan: Plagiarizing is copying someone else’s writing, ideas or work and presenting them as your own. When you write a research paper and refer to something someone else wrote or said, you must give them credit. To learn how to cite references, visit The Writing Center, writing.wisc.edu/
Handbook/Documentation.html. If you are still unsure how to cite a reference, try Easybib.com, a free online citation tool.
Some facts are considered common knowledge and do not need to be cited. For instance, if you mention George Washington’s birthday, you don’t have to cite a source because that is considered public knowledge. If you are unsure whether a source should be cited, however, it is best to document it. Find useful tips when you read 6 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism, en.writecheck.com/ways-to-avoid-plagiarism.
Many schools subscribe to websites that allow you to upload papers and check them for plagiarism. You can find a list of such sites at Top 10 Plagiarism Detection Tools, elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-plagiarism-detection-tools-for-teachers.
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