•"Avoiding Plagiarism" provides an in-depth explanation of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Understanding the information presented here will mark a significant step in your process of learning how to engage with other people's ideas and how to treat those ideas with respect, but the process of learning about source use will continue throughout your four years at Harvard—and beyond.
You will be confronted with different situations as your research and writing becomes more complex, and you will need to make sure you understand how to grapple with sources in these situations.
When you use sources in academic writing, you engage in a conversation with scholars whose work you have been asked to read, analyze, or discuss in your courses.
In the courses you will take at Harvard, your professors will introduce you to the major debates and questions in their fields and invite you to join the scholarly conversation by writing your own papers.