How to Avoid Plagiarism

Introduce Source Material

Introducing source material alerts readers that you are, for the moment, no longer speaking entirely in your own voice. Quotations, paraphrases and summaries all must be properly introduced.

tipIt is especially important to introduce paraphrases and summaries because otherwise readers won't realize that we are no longer expressing our own ideas.

 Here's an example of a properly introduced quotation:

Robert Harbison (1977) describes the English reverence for home "that has not changed much to American eyes in a hundred years" (p.25).

Properly Introduced Source Material

Example of a Properly Introduced Paraphrase:

In Eccentric Spaces, Robert Harbison (1977) describes an English sense of home based on turn-of-the-century literature and notes that American readers are still influenced by these works (p. 25).

Example of a Properly Introduced Summary:

Robert Harbison (1977) notes that Americans' impression of the English sense of home is based on Victorian literature (p. 25).