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Plagiarism: Resources

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Plagiarism

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense.

The Following Is Considered Plagiarism

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit 
  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
  • Using an image, video, or piece of music in a work you have produced without receiving proper permission or providing appropriate citation 

Quoting vs Paraphrasing

Let's say that you want to introduce information from another source (a book, a journal article, or website, for example) into your paper. You could approach this by quoting the work directly or try to convey the information from the original source in your paper by rephrasing it in your own words. This latter approach is paraphrasing.

Paraphrasing Is A Valuable Skill

Paraphrasing includes the ideas or information from an original source in your paper by rephrasing those ideas or information in your own words. The key to successful paraphrasing is to use as few words as possible from the original text--be mindful not to change the meaning that you are trying to convey as you rephrase--and to cite your paraphrase. Without proper citation, your paraphrase could be construed as plagiarism. 

Six steps to effectively paraphrasing along with a few examples can be found on the Purdue Online Writing Lab website: 

Preventing Plagiarism

  • When in doubt, cite sources
  • Make it clear who said what
  • Consult with your instructor
  • Plan your paper
  • Take effective notes
  • Know how to paraphrase
  • Analyze and evaluate your sources

 

"Plagiarism 101." Plagiarism.org. iParadigms, LLC, 2015. Web. 22 Nov. 2015. <http://www.plagiarism.org/>.

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