Section 7 Generating scholarship > Scholar speak > Plagiarism > Documentation > Exercise

The Scholarly Process

Students writing research papers mimic the work of scholars. First, they must locate the relevant scholarship on their research topic in books, journal articles, bibliographies, and other sources. Then they need to read and think about what has been said on the question they've raised. Finally, they write a paper which synthesizes, or combines, the thinking of scholars and their own thinking about the subject.

Second, students, like scholars, must be scrupulous in identifying those parts of their papers which reflect the ideas of others and those which are original to them. This is done by making clear in the text whose ideas are being presented and by documenting the work of others. To do otherwise is to plagiarize.


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