November 24, 2006, Newsletter Issue #56: How To Avoid Plagiarism

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Plagiarism is the use of someone else's copyrighted work without attribution. When you are writing a book that requires the use of a lot of external research, it is easy to accidentally use someone else's words, particularly if they have captured perfectly what you want to say. To avoid plagiarism, it is best to keep records of all the sources of information you use for your book. If you are writing a non-fiction book, you can use footnotes and endnotes to say where you got the information. If you are writing a fictional book, then you can indicate any sources of note in your acknowledgements. It is also advisable to rewrite useful information in your own words.

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