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Plagiarism: Before you write

General preparation

  1. Research (especially things you think are your own ideas)!
  2. Remember that quotes, paraphrasing and summaries should be rare in your papers – you are the author
  3. But, when in doubt, give a citation
  4. Follow style requirements (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

Tips to stay ahead

  • Plan ahead: make a schedule for yourself so you have adequate time to complete assignments
  • Ask for extensions on assignments that you cannot complete in time
  • Ask for clarification from professors and instructors, take advantage of office hours!
  • Talk with group members about expectations for assignments; choose your groups carefully
  • It’s better to get a zero on an assignment than a zero in the course, or worse
  • Keep your projects, back-up your computer files

Keep in mind...

There are other activities that, while not technically plagiarism, are still violations of the Academic Integrity policy at Clemson. Examples include:

  • Submitting another student's work as your own
  • Submitting the same work for different assignments
  • Collaborating on projects where collaboration hasn't been authorized by the professor/instructor
  • Dividing group projects into separate “sections” (may be authorized by professors/instructors)
  • Assisting another student in infractions of the academic integrity policy (e.g., giving your lab report to another student)