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Avoiding Plagiarism

A guide to acknowledging the work of others and citing your resources properly.

Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism


  • Quote a phrase or key word
  • Quote a sentence or two only when you cannot possibly rephrase it into your own words
  • Use signal phrases (According to Smith, or Smith explains, . . . )
  • Document with page number (MLA) or page number & date (APA)
  • Remember the quotation marks!


It is important to note that “the novelist always has to create a world and a believable one” (O’Connor 70).



  • Completely rewrite the original source’s words, syntax (sentence structure), & meaning into your own words and syntax without changing the meaning
  • Synonyms aren’t enough!
  • May be longer than the original


Moore explains that the writing center aims at addressing both the writers’ immediate concerns with the assignment at hand and the writers’ overall development so that students, staff, and faculty alike can improve their writing in the long run (12).


These tips are provided by the Writing Center here at CU.

Additional Resources

What Do I Need to Cite?