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Research Guide: Plagiarism

What is 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

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 our reasearch guide on how to avoid plagiarism

Check out the research guide on how to avoid plagiarism.

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