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Plagiarism & Academic Integrity: Avoid plagiarism

Guide to avoiding plagiarism.

How to avoid plagiarism


  • Use the author's exact words.
  • Use quotation marks to designate that all the words in the quote are exactly as the author wrote them.


  • Use your own words to provide the essential information and ideas of someone else.
  • Do not use quotations marks.


  • Write a brief statement or account of the main points of a lengthy idea of someone else.
  • Do not use quotation marks.


  • ALWAYS give credit when you quote, paraphrase, or summarize. Provide an in-text citation and include a citation in your bibliography (Bibliography, References, Works Cited).
  • Consult the appropriate style manual for information on how to cite in-text and in your bibliography (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).
  • Consult the HIU citation guides (MLA, APA, Turabian/Chicago).
  • Consult the OWL at Purdue (MLA, APA).

Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing

Tell the difference!