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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.