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Introduction to College Writing


Plagiarism includes, "presenting as one’s work the work of someone else without properly acknowledging the source."

--- The SFC Student Handbook & Academic Planner 2018-19 (The Cord)

For more information check out St. Francis College's policy on academic integrity (p41).

Avoiding Plagiarism

Check out this video from Editage Insights with tips on how to avoid plagiarism in your academic work

Using Other People's Ideas

There are 3 ways to incorporate other people's ideas and writing into your own work:

    Quotations: Direct quote of the source material that is attributed to the original author.

    Paraphrasing: Rewriting the original material in your own words (not just replacing individual words with synonyms). Must be attributed to original author.

    Summarizing: A recap of the main point(s) of the original text in your own words. Attribute this to the original author as well.

For more information on how and when to use quotations, paraphrasing and summarizing visit the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University where they have a wealth of information on Research and Citation.


In order to attribute ideas and writing you incorporate to the original author you will need to:

  • cite your sources using short in-text citations (or footnotes)

  • add a complete citation in your "references" or "works cited" list at the end of your paper.

There are different citation styles, each with their own quirks, so be sure to double check your assignment details to see which one you are expected to use. We have online citation guides for the three main citation styles (APA, Chicago, and MLA). These guides will tell you how to cite books, articles, websites, films and more!

For more comprehensive citation resources, visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab. This is an indispensable resource for using any of the main citation styles.