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.
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.
Taken from: http://libguides.radford.edu/content.php?pid=48924&sid=380382
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to use the service.
taken from http://libguides.fiu.edu/citation