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Plagiarism: What it is & how to avoid it: Plagiarism

Writing is Process that Takes Time

The Online Writing Lab (OWL): Tips for how to start a writing assignment

Tip #1  Writing takes time

"Find out when is the assignment due and devise a plan of action. This may seem obvious and irrelevant to the writing process, but it's not. Writing is a process, not merely a product. Even the best professional writers don't just sit down at a computer, write, and call it a day. The quality of your writing will reflect the time and forethought you put into the assignment. Plan ahead for the assignment by doing pre-writing: this will allow you to be more productive and organized when you sit down to write. Also, schedule several blocks of time to devote to your writing; then, you can walk away from it for a while and come back later to make changes and revisions with a fresh mind."

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VAIL Tutor

VAILTutor: An Online Tutorial providing an overview of academic integrity concepts and practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College, 2003

This is a complete guide divided in modules. So that you understand what is expected in college, challenge yourself to complete it, a module at a time.

How do I write it in my own words?

What is plagiarism? How do I avoid it?

As school librarians, we want you to know that, at every grade level, you are expected to write with "your voice." In other words, write like who you are, a middle or high school student. You are expected to research properly and document sources but do not imagine that anyone expects you to write like a professor, a professional, or a college student. Your words and thoughts (analysis & synthesis) are important to the development of your writing skills over time.

If you work at expressing yourself, you will see improvement every year. It is a skill like developing a technique in a sport or learning to play a musical instrument: would you expect to play like a professional in high school? No! It takes practice, practice, practice... beginning in middle school and high school.

When preparing a written assignment, leave yourself enough time to practice those writing skills! Your confidence and skill will grow each year.

Tip #1 Give yourself the gift of TIME! Do not leave writing until the last minute!

Ms. Bozzani & Mrs. Omae

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Creating a calendar brings peace: you do not have to face the WHOLE project, only the task on the calendar for that day.

You can use a online calendar to help you plan your writing project at Google Calendar. Here at school you can create one at and save it to your folder.