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Rhetoric: Write & Cite

University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW)

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Need Help with Writing?

The University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW) is devoted to supporting and promoting academic and professional writing for all members of the FAU community, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars. 

Boca Raton Campus Location:  
General Classroom South (GS)
Room 215
Phone: (561) 297-3498

See their additional locations in the dorms and FAU partner campuses.

Plagiarism: How To Avoid It

FAU Citation Guide


"RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store, and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies."

RefWorks is a service that FAU Libraries has subscribed to that should alleviate one of the most tedious aspects of doing research -- keeping track of sources and then citing them within a research paper and the bibliography.

The Basic Bare-Bones Beginner's Guide to RefWorks is a great introduction to this valuable tool.


What is plagiarism?

Some examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to: 

  • Copying a direct quotation without using quotation marks around the information.
  • Submitting incorrect citation information for words or ideas that are not one’s own.
  • Copying someone else's assignment, or sections of it, and submitting it as one’s own.
  • Copying or reusing your own work done for a different class and without proper citation.
FAU outlines how it handles plagiarism in its Honor Code for students, and each FAU academic unit expands on it. Students accused of plagiarism may get a bad grade, receive a failing grade for a course, or face suspension or expulsion.

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to properly cite all sources of information! Cite where your information was found within the body of your paper and in the works cited page.

Please see the Libraries Research Checklist for further information.

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