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Definition – Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas without proper credit.


Typical Examples of Plagiarism


  • Turning in another person’s paper with your name on it.
  • Buying or copying a paper off the Internet.
  • Including parts of someone else’s works within your own.
  • Providing false documentation – both incorrectly cited and made up sources.
  • Omitting documentation completely.

Things to Cite

Direct Quotation – If you place a word for word excerpt from your source into your paper, the source / author must be cited.

Paraphrase – If you restate a passage from your source in your own words, the source / author must be cited.

Summarize – If you summarize the key concept or main idea from someone else’s work, you must give credit to the original source.


Online Tutorials on Plagiarism

Plagiarism: Just Don't Do it - - Anderson University

The Writing Place – http://www.writing.nw/ – Northwestern University

Avoiding Plagiarism – - Oregon State University

OWL – Online Writing Lab – - Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Antiplagiarism Tools

The university subscribes to an online antiplagarism tools called which is administerd by the IT Department.
Turnitin Page


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