Merriam Webster’s definition of plagiarism: “the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person”
To learn about plagiarism please go to http://www.plagiarism.org/. You will learn what plagiarism is, the different types, how to prevent plagiarism, a glossary of terms and how to check for plagiarism.
Avoid plagiarism by carefully planning your paper. Take good notes and write down or copy and paste the complete citation information for each idea, picture, video or item that you use on note cards or in a citation document. Learn how to paraphrase properly
and always use quotation marks when stating another person’s exact words. Review the Owl at Purdue’s 6 Steps to Paraphrasing
Annotating a Book
What we call “Annotation” is really just active reading. Active reading means using a pen to make comments and markings on your novel; we call this “having a conversation with the book.” This is helpful because it helps you to better understand what you read, and it will help you go back and use the book later in class and in essays. Here are some guidelines to help you do a good job actively reading your assigned books.
- If something important is happening at the top of the page, write what is happening.
- In the sample, “History of Hunger Games” is written on the top of the pages because that is the content of those pages.
- Underline things that seem important: things that tell you more about a character or situation, explain something, or give necessary information. If you think a quotation is important, it would be a good idea to underline it!
- In the sample, the reader underlined “Panem, a shining capitol ringed by thirteen districts” because it gives an important piece of information about the setting.
- Put Exclamation Points (!) or Stars (*) next to things that seem important.
- In the sample, the reader put a star next to the information that Panem is made up of what used to be North America.
- Put Question Marks next to the things that are confusing or not fully explained.
- In the sample, the reader put a question mark on the right hand column of the page because she was wondering why District 12 rarely wins The Hunger Games.
Keep in mind, actively reading is will help you remember what you read.