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It can happen, particularly when you are in a hurry. Unintentional plagiarism still must be avoided. Below are techniques, tools, and suggestions on how to take notes, prepare your drafts, and check your final papers to avoid and detect unintentional plagiarism.
Plagiarism Detection Tools
You can cut and paste sentences or phrases that you want to check into a search engine - such as Google Scholar or Google.com Search the phrase inside of quotation marks "" and without.
Even if you did not intend to plagiarize, your writing must be original and not the same as in prior publications.
The UNLV Writing Center offers workshops, one-on-one consultations, online tips, and other resources to help writers at any level to improve their work or their writing process. Look at the Resources tab for helpful handouts and other tools.
The tips in the "Annotating and Evaluating Sources" tab on this webguide will help you ensure that you are using your own words in your writing, or carefully tracking direct quotations from other sources.
As this webpage states, most plagiarism is unintentional, yet our codes of conduct and expectations for coursework and publications insist upon original writing, properly cited ideas, or clearly indicated direct quotations. Build good note-taking and citation-tracking habits, and plan for time to properly paraphrase and summarize the materials you are using.
Sometimes writers struggle to build a sentence because we're not familiar with common structures and phrases to express the meaning we intend. The Academic Phrasebank can prompt ideas and may be particularly useful for those who speak/write in multiple languages.