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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 and 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 and 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)