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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?

pla⋅gia⋅rism

(plā'jə-rĭz'əm)

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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