Consider the Source
  1. Put in quotations everything that comes directly from the text, especially when taking notes.
  2. Paraphrase, but be sure you are not just rearranging or replacing a few words. Instead, read over what you want paraphrased carefully; cover up the text with your hand, or close the text so you can't see any of it (and so aren't tempted to use the text as a "guide"). Write out the idea in your own words without peeking.
  3. Check your paraphrase against the original text to be sure you have not accidentally used the same phrases or words, and that the information is accurate.
  4. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:
    • Quotes another person's actual words, either oral or written;
    • Paraphrases another person's words, either oral or written;
    • Uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; or
    • Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.
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