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Strategies for Preventing Plagiarism

A helpful general rule provided by Stephen Reid's The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers: Sixth Edition is to advise students to cite anything they did not specifically know before they began research (594). For example, a student may have an idea before beginning a project that more than half of underage college students have consumed alcohol, but if, through research, s/he discovers that precisely 72% of underage students have consumed alcohol, that information would need to be properly cited. During the research process, be sure your students are aware of the need to differentiate between what they "knew before" or what is "common knowledge" and what they have learned through their sources.