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ENGL 2311: Technical and Business Writing: Prof. McGilbrey: Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.

In college courses, we are continually engaged with other people's ideas: we read them in texts, hear them in lectures, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing. As a result, it is very important that we give credit where it is due.


How to Avoid Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use

  • another person's idea, opinion, or theory
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings (any piece of information) that are not common knowledge
  • quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words
  • paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words

Watch this animation for a quick explanation of plagiarism

Check out the research guide on how to avoid plagiarism.

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