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The anti-plagiarism checklist

To avoid plagiarism, make sure you:

  • Don’t copy-paste entire chunks of text into a new one - this is plainly wrong!
  • Use quotation marks to clearly indicate when you are using someone else’s words verbatim (alongside the in-text citation)
  • Rephrase a sentence thoroughly and add a citation, if you don’t want to quote verbatim but still refer to someone’s idea
  • Keep track of your sources at all times, using a reference management tool if that helps (such as EndNote or Zotero)
  • Cite sources consistently and correctly, including author names, year of publication and other information as relevant
  • Make sure you include a complete and accurate reference of everything you cited within the body of your text in your list of references at the end of your paper or thesis
  • Use a plagiarism checker before submitting your essay or your manuscript to a journal, to make sure no accidental plagiarism has occurred