Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Plagiarizing = F
READ THROUGH THIS GUIDE TO HELP YOU GET THE "A"
Ways to Avoid Plagiarizing
You can avoid plagiarizing by:
- taking effective notes
- organizing your sources
- paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting appropriately
- using common knowledge
- citing your sources correctly
Examples of Plagiarism
It is plagiarism when you:
- buy or submit a paper written by someone else
- cut and paste passages into your paper without citing the sources
- use the words or ideas of another person without citing them
- paraphrase, summarize or quote the words of another person without citing them
- submit a paper you wrote a previous semester
- make up citations
- work with others on assignments and submit the assignment as though it was completed individually
- pay someone else to write a paper for you
How To Recognize Plagiarism
In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when
- You use another person's ideas, opinions, or theories.
- You use facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, music, etc., or any other type of information that does not comprise common knowledge.
- You use quotations from another person's spoken or written word.
- You paraphrase another person's spoken or written word.
- Begin the writing process by stating your ideas; then go back to the author's original work.
- Use quotation marks and credit the source (author) when you copy exact wording.
- Use your own words (paraphrase) instead of copying directly when possible.
- Even when you paraphrase another author's writings, you must give credit to that author.
- If the form of citation and reference are not correct, the attribution to the original author is likely to be incomplete. Therefore, improper use of style can result in plagiarism. Get a style manual and use it.
- The figure below may help to guide your decisions.
How To Avoid Plagiarism by EbscoHost Publishing
The most popular database that students use for their research provides helpful tips on how to prevent using soemone else’s ideas or words, intentionally or not, and presenting them as your own. This is part of Ebscohost Publishing's student success tools.
What's a Citation?
Click on the image above to take you to this valuable website that:
- Defines what a citation is
- Explains how to paraphrase
- Explain how to quote