Writing/citing

Writing papers in philosophy

  • These are clear, down to earth suggestions that reflect what most philosophy profs are looking for in essays. Only the “how you’ll be graded” part likely differs from professor to professor. See my own writing handout and rubric for how your essays will be marked for this course

 

Citing sources and avoiding plagiarism

It’s actually fairly easy to engaging in plagiarism in essays, even if you don’t mean to. Usually it’s a matter of learning how to cite sources correctly. See the following links for help in learning about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

    • the “Plagiarism 101” part is good
    • this video on the site is also useful
    • Note: the site seems to exist in part to get you to use their plagiarism checker site, WriteCheck, which costs money, and which might require you to store personal information in the United States. I am not recommending you sign up for WriteCheck! You can use the plagiarism.org site without that.
  • Here are a couple of comprehensive tutorials on how to use quotations and paraphrases accurately to avoid plagiarism. I highly recommend you look at one of these!

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