Explore the tabs on this box to learn how to summarize, paraphrase, and use quotations in your writing. There are writing formulas to help you incorporate another author's work into your own writing to help you focus on using your own words while crediting where the original ideas came from. Essentially, by following the steps below, you'll avoid plagiarism while following the APA citation style.
Insert a summary, paraphrase or quotation from your an article/book you've found to incorporate another author's words and ideas into your writing. If you use your own words to properly paraphrase or summarize another author's work, the in-text citation helps the reader identify which ideas you've borrowed and from whom you've borrowed them. If you quote another author's words in your paper, the in-text citation also helps the reader identify who and where that quotation originally came from.
Your in-text citation helps acknowledge the author and identify where the words/ideas came from.
Example of using a paraphrase from an author: Kearney suggested that writing notes after reading a passage can help students with paraphrasing and make it easier to paraphrase in many of the instances in which students instinctively want to quote (2019).
The original work should also have a full citation in a Reference List or Works Cited page.
Example: References Kearney, V. (2019, March 26). How to teach paraphrasing, quotation and summary. Owlcation. https://owlcation.com/academia/Teaching-Quotation-Paraphrase-and-Summary.
In summary, Kearney argues that students who understand how to quote, paraphrase, and summarize will write stronger papers and have less of a tendency to plagiarize (2019).
Kearney suggested that writing notes after reading a passage can help students with paraphrasing and make it easier to paraphrase in many of the instances in which students instinctively want to quote (2019).
According to Kearney, "even well-prepared students are often not clear about when and how to use summary, quotation, and paraphrase" (2019). Kearney is supporting the argument that these concepts can be difficult to teach and learn but practice and awareness can reduce the tendency for students to plagiarize someone else's work.
"All of the following are considered plagiarism:
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 <http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism>
This lesson on citations can help you avoid plagiarism.
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.