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Nutrition & Dietetics

A guide to tools and resources on the topic of Nutrition.

6 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

  1. Paraphrase 

    Let's say you have found information that is perfect for your research paper. Read it and put it into your own words. Make sure that you do not copy verbatim more than two words in a row from the text you have found. If you do use more than two words together, you will have to use quotation marks. We will get into quoting properly soon.
  2. Cite

    Citing is one of the effective ways to avoid plagiarism. Follow the document formatting guidelines (i.e., APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) used by your educational institution or the institution that issued the research request. This usually entails the addition of the author(s) and the date of the publication or similar information. Citing is really that simple. Not citing properly can constitute plagiarism.
  3. Quote

    When quoting a source, use the quote exactly the way it appears. No one wants to be misquoted. Most institutions of higher learning frown on “block quotes” or quotes of 40 words or more. A scholar should be able to effectively paraphrase most material. This process takes time, but the effort pays off! Quoting must be done correctly to avoid plagiarism allegations.
  4. Cite Quotes

    Citing a quote can be different than citing paraphrased material. This practice usually involves the addition of a page number, or a paragraph number in the case of web content.
  5. Cite Your Own Material

    If some of the material you are using for your research paper was used by you in your current class, a previous one, or anywhere else you must cite yourself. Treat the text the same as you would if someone else wrote it. It may sound odd, but using material you have used before is called self-plagiarism, and it is not acceptable.
  6. Reference

    One of the most important ways to avoid plagiarism is including a reference page or page of works cited at the end of your research paper. Again, this page must meet the document formatting guidelines and style used by your educational institution, department, instructor, or adviser. This information is very specific and includes the author(s), date of publication, title, and source. Follow the directions for this page carefully. You will want to get the references right.

Check Research Papers

Be sure to edit your research paper carefully and check for plagiarism before turning it in to your instructor or submitting it for publication. The steps above are essential for research paper writing. Using plagiarism checker services is a great way to assess your paraphrasing and other anti-plagiarism skills, though this software shouldn't be relied upon alone. Most educators and educational institutions are using some kind of plagiarism checker software to check students’ papers. Do not take the chance of not checking your research paper. Plagiarism could mean the loss of your academic degree or career.

APA In-Depth

APA Style

The APA citation style was created and is curated by the American Psychological Association. APA is the most commonly used citation style in the social sciences, as well as in business and education. The most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the sixth edition.


How to Cite in APA Style:

Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) Online step-by-step tutorials on APA citation style. Log in with your UND credentials and start learning how to format!