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The University Writing Center (UWC) provides instruction to students, faculty, and staff of the university with basic writing skills and assistance with specific writing assignments in any discipline. For more information, please contact the UWC.
RefWorks is an online research management, writing, and collaboration tool. RefWorks is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store, and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
Plagiarism is a serious offense at East Carolina University. The ECU Student Handbook defines plagiarism as "Copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting same as one's own original work."
The First Year Writing Studio at ECU offers the following suggestions for avoiding plagiarism:
Place quotation marks around direct quotes.
Paraphrase your source information. This means more than rearranging the structure of a sentence or changing a few words. A good way to do this is to figure out what the source means to you and then writing this down without looking at the source.
Document all quotes and paraphrased information, and provide a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
In your notes, record quotes, paraphrases, and summaries in an orderly manner so that the page number, source, author/editor, and publication information are carefully noted.