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CHEM 360: Biochemistry (Bencze)

This guide was designed for students in CHEM 360. It includes research tips and resources for doing background research and finding primary literature for diseases, proteins, and genes. Also included are tips for searching, writing and editing, and citing

Helpful Links: Editing & Proofreading

Organize Your Paper

Paragraphs, Thesis Statements, and Topic Sentences

Proofreading Strategies

ACS Writing Tips

Plagiarism basics

"All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules)

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism." 

Source:  What is plagiarism? (n.d.) Retrieved from <>

Review the FHSU policy on Academic Honesty.

This lesson on citations can help you avoid plagiarism. 

NLA Citations Lesson

Citations Tutorial Link

Citations are more than just a formality that protects against plagiarism. They allow individuals to participate in a scholarly conversation that is taking place among researchers in a specific field. In this lesson, students will explore types of citations and how citations can be used in academic writing.