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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism can be defined as:

  • Paraphrasing words without citing them
  • Cutting and pasting passages from a book, article, or the web in your paper without citing them
  • Using the words or ideas of another person without citing them

Plagiarism can result in:

  • An F-grade on an assignment
  • A final F-grade in the class
  • Expulsion from the university 

Tip  Tips to Avoid Plagiarism:

  • Use your own ideas
  • Use other people's ideas sparingly
  • Always keep citation information in your notes and use quotation marks when directly quoting another person
  • Write a draft of your paper without using cited information to find out for yourself what you want to say

Understanding Plagiarism -- Quick Guide

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