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Writing/Citing: Avoiding Plagiarism

A quick guide to help you in the writing of your paper and formatting according to APA, MLA, Chicago styles, and more.

What is it?



to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source: to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh ed. 2003.

Intentional & Unintentional

Intentional: deliberate copying or use of another's work without giving credit, submitting a paper from the Internet, another student, or a previous course as one’s own original work, or altering or falsifying citations to hide sources
Unintentional: not properly citing sources, overall sloppy research and note-taking, or cutting and pasting from electronic resources without revision.

When in doubt:

  1. Introduce the source
  2. Cite the source
  3. List the source on a reference page

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