As you make the change from high school to college, it is important that your writing reflects this transition. You will be writing many different kinds of essays and assignments and will likely be exposed to new citation styles specific to your field of study. It is important to repeatedly check your writing for plagiarism; the most common form of plagiarism is accidental and unintended, but it is no less serious than intentionally using another persons words.
Writing a paragraph summarizing another persons work and then citing them only at the end of the paragraph is NOT a proper citation. You must make it obvious when you first start summarizing or paraphrasing ideas that are not you own; consider starting the paragraph with an attributive tag (According to _____, as _____ observes, one author defines, etc). Different citation styles have different rules regarding the placement of names, dates, and page numbers within the sentence.
Here are some general tips on college writing versus casual writing:
|College & Professional Writing||Casual Writing|
I and me usage discouraged
I and me usage appropriate
Only allowable contraction: it’s
Include professional titles
First-name basis allowable
Sexism should be avoided: use humankind, chairperson
Is sexism/racism ever good?
Spell and grammar check essential
Depends on your sense of pride
Depends on your sense of honesty
University of Delaware Writing Center
University of Delaware Office of Student Conduct: Academic Integrity
Amusing and informative videos on plagiarism by Rutgers University
Purdue Online Writing Lab