The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources. This means that you have to give credit to the sources that you use for your assignment, usually by using in-text citations and a bibliography. Commonly used citation styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago.
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Plagiarism means using someone else’s work without giving proper credit.
Why should you be concerned about plagiarism?
Compiling information and research:
Writing the paper:
Take time to review and ask questions:
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When you research a topic you may use information from articles, books, or the Web to support your ideas. However, in order to avoid plagiarism, you must credit the original authors of these sources by citing them.
To cite means that you state where you found the information so that others can find the exact item again. In this way, we build upon the ideas and knowledge of other people.
There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. The style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your instructor.
MHC LIbraries maintains detailed guides for APA and MLA citation styles. They may be accessed here:
This style is often used in health studies, business, education, sciences and social sciences.
This style is often used in English and the humanities (History, Fine Arts).
Each style includes the same basic parts of a citation. These parts may be organized differently for each style.
For a book:
For a journal article:
For a website:
A copyright is a set of legal rights that authors have over their work for a limited period of time.
Copyright protects the expression of an idea rather than the idea itself. It does not matter whether a poem is written on a napkin, saved on a computer hard-drive or engraved on a wooden plank, all formats are considered expressions and are protected by copyright, including objects on the Internet.
The author of a work is usually the copyright owner. Only the copyright owner has the right to reproduce, perform or publish a work.
Works in the public domain are not protected by copyright and can be copied freely.
Fair Dealing is a user right in the Canadian Copyright Act. Fair Dealing involves making a single copy of an entire work, or a substantial part thereof, for the purpose of:
If you are unsure if your use of the work constitutes Fair Dealing, err on the side of caution and obtain copyright permission.
"Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration."
You can use their Creative Commons Search to help you find licensed works that you can share, remix, or reuse.
Whether you are writing a research paper, essay, book report, or reflective journal, or creating slides for a presentation, the last step in the research process is to proofread your work.
Writing support is available in the Vera Bracken Library (Medicine Hat Campus).
To learn more visit: Writing Support @ MHC
These tips will help you proofread your paper:
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