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Nursing / BSN Professional Roles and Writing (Nursing 351)

This guide supports BSN professional writing assignments, especially those focused on avoiding plagiarism in professional writing.

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Writing Without Plagiarism

This is a guide to organizing your research and writing process so that you minimize the risk of plagiarism. It will help you answer questions like:

What is Plagiarism?Do I need to cite this?How do I cite this?How do I keep track of all the sources I use?

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when a person uses someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit.

Plagiarism includes:

  • Copying someone else's work and turning it in with your name on it
  • Reusing/Recycling your own assignments from past courses (consult with your instructor about citing past assignments)
  • Copying and pasting content from the web without citing it
  • Rewording another source but not citing it
  • Paraphrasing another source without citing it
  • Using someone else's ideas without citing

A research paper should be a combination of your ideas and the previous research of other scholars on the same topic. You can use another scholar's words, facts and ideas, but this borrowed material must not be presented as your own creation.You should be looking for sources that provide you with new information about an issue--expanding or supporting your ideas.

It is your responsibility as a university student to learn and use appropriate research writing techniques. See the UWM Handbook for the official statement on Academic Misconduct.

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due


 Are these passages attributed correctly?

Review one of these handouts on how to use another author's ideas through proper attribution and citation.