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Research and Documentation

Research Writing Tutorial:
A Self-Guided Tutorial

by Michael Fleming

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Proper techniques for research and writing

The best way to avoid plagiarism is simply to familiarize yourself with the conventions of academic writing, which means, above all, developing a deep respect for words and ideas as the currency of intellectual discourse. And a deep respect for yourself as well—when you conduct research and write an essay, you're not just a student fulfilling an assignment, you're a scholar taking part in one of civilization's oldest and noblest traditions. When you engage in scholarship you're joining a conversation that has been going on for thousands of years, and you're putting yourself on an equal footing with all the scholars who have come before you—but only if you respect the right ways of doing things.

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