How can anyone tell anyhow?
- Professors can Google too...
- Professors can usually tell when a student is writing "out of voice"
- Incomplete or missing information on bibliographies is always a tell-tale sign
- Professors that require students to submit via Turnitin are presented with any unusual amount of text that overlaps with a published document; however, it is up to each Professor to make the final determination. This is another reason to make sure these types of passages are contained in quotes and properly cited.
Yikes! How can I avoid it?
- Use reputable sources and track where you are getting your information from
- Develop your own ideas
- Keep your research organized - use note cards
- Email articles to yourself and keep them in a class or assignment folder
- Create your bibliography as you go, as opposed to sorting it out after you have written your paper
- Use the personal profile tools in EBSCO and other aggregators that allows you to save the articles you find and access them later
- Check out organizational tools such as citation managers like Zotero or Academic Writer.
- Ask your librarian for assistance!