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Physics: Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s words or ideas. In academic circles, it is considered deceptive, corrupt and even criminal behaviour. It is possible to avoid plagiarism by following this guideline prepared by METU AWC.

Web pages about plagiarism

This commercial site is designed to help educators and students develop a better sense of what plagiarism means and to teach the planning, organizational, and citation skills essential for producing quality writing and research.

Plagiarism - METU guide

This manuscript  has been prepared by a commission under The Research Centre for Applied Ethics. The commission members are: Dr. Ayse Gedik, Dr Güzin Binatli, Ms. Defne Akinci and Ms. Aylin Atakent

Tips for Plagiarism Prevention

Don't procrastinate.  Students who rush their work can make careless mistakes, such as forgetting to include a particular citation, or not having all the information needed for documentation.  Students under pressure may also make poor choices, such as not documenting sources and hoping the professor won't notice.  Believe us- your professor will notice, and you won't like the long-term consequeneces.

Take careful notes.  You need to be very clear in your notes whether you are writing down word-for-word what you found somewhere else, or if you are jotting down your own idea.  You should take down all the information you will need to create your citations.

Cite your sources. Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or share an unusual fact, tell your reader where the information came from.

Get comfortable with the required citation style.  The most commonly used citation styles on our campus are APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian.  While they share many similarities, they also have differing requirements in regards to what and when to cite.

Ask your professor. If you're not sure about citing something, check with your instructor. Ultimately, she will be the one grading your assigment- or bringing you up on plagiarism charges.

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Plagiarism prevention checker

Turnitin, is a web-based plagiarism detection software. Also ETS e-rater Grammar-Checking Technology is a modul of the Turnitin automatically flags grammar, style, usage and spelling errors. Please send an e-mail to to use the service.

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Test yourself

If you want to take a self-graded quiz to assess your plagiarism knowledge, click here to take Indiana University's Plagiarism Quiz.