Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Quote and Paraphrase in Your Writing


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If you take information from a source word-for-word, that is also known as a...

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1. When you take the information from a source and put it in your own words, this is known as a...

2. To cite a source in APA format, you need what information?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using direct quotes and paraphrasing will help you to avoid plagiarizing another's work. These assessments will help you to gauge your understanding of the definitions of direct quotes and paraphrasing along with how to properly cite a source for APA and MLA citation styles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to test your knowledge of:

  • The meaning of paraphrase
  • Definition of direct quote
  • How to give proper credit to a source
  • The information needed for an APA and an MLA citation

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will help you to practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the information needed to cite a source in either MLA or APA format
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on how to know whether MLA or APA format is required
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast direct quotes and paraphrasing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about creating correct citations

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson on Using Quotes and Paraphrasing to Avoid Plagiarism will help you to get a better understanding of the topic. That lesson delves into the specific areas of:

  • What constitutes plagiarism
  • Definition of direct quote, indirect quote and paraphrase
  • Step-by-step formatting of citations for MLA or APA formats