writing and expressing your thoughts are an important part of college classes however plagiarism is not well understood and students are advancing to upper division courses without clearly understanding how to write summaries without plagiarizing

To earn extra credit:

1. Read the definition of plagiarism in the course catalog. If you have any questions, please ask


2. Find a short article that is of interest to you in a scientific journal like Scientific American or

Nature. Make sure your topic is in biology because this is a biology course (ie not Astronomy for


3. Read the article.

4. Summarize the article in your own words without plagiarizing. Your summary should only be

two pages in length so it is important that you can summarize the article in that length. If the

article is too long to summarize in two pages (just a small paragraph more is ok), you should find

an article that you can summarize briefly.

5. Because this is an exercise in understanding plagiarism, DO NOT use quotes from the article to

summarize it. You need to be able to do this without quoting the author(s).

6. Make sure to reference your article properly. Any accepted method of citation is fine, but make

sure you include the reference or you will be docked points.

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