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Citing Sources: Plagiarism

Learn about plagiarism, copyright, fair use, and how to cite sources using APA and MLA citation formats.

What is Plagiarism?

According to the Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, plagiarism is "the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person."

  • This includes copying or using text, music, images, and video created by someone else.
  • Not only are you lying and cheating when you plagiarize, but you are also stealing.
  • Examples of plagiarism:
    • Copying word for word or phrases whether oral, printed, or on the internet, without citing the source

    • Borrowing facts, statistics, graphs, or other visual material without citing the source

    • Turning in someone else's work with your name on it.

    • Not putting quotation marks around quotes

    • Paraphrasing text without citing the source

    • Giving incorrect information about a source

Tips on How to Avoid Plagiarism

How to Prevent Plagiarism

How do you prevent plagiarism?

  • Use your own words and ideas and never cut and paste.
  • If you use someone else's words or ideas, then cite it. When in doubt, cite, cite, cite!
  • Know how to quote, paraphrase, and summarize correctly.

Remember to take good notes and keep track of your sources as you use them. This includes web addresses, books, articles, journals, etc.. Keeping track of your sources as you use them will also make it easier to create your bibliography.

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Types of Plagiarism