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How do I avoid being suspected of plagiarism?

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First, do your own work. Keep up in class and do the drafts and the library research on time so a deadline won't pressure you into plagiarizing. Second, keep copies of all your drafts, sources, prewriting, and workshops as evidence that you have been doing your own work in case there is suspicion of plagiarism. If you work on computer, print hard copies periodically so your instructor can see the work in progress. Third, make sure that you correctly cite all your sources. Remember that if the general concept or idea, quotation, statistic, fact, illustration, or phrase is not common knowledge in the field, you must cite a source for it.