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What Is Plagiarism?

Not giving proper credit for:

  • Another person's idea, opinion, or theory
  • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings, etc. that are not common knowledge
  • Quotations of another person's spoken or written words
  • A paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words

What Makes a Passage Plagiarized?

  • Only changing around a few words or phrases, or just changing the order of the original sentences
  • Failing to cite a source for any of the ideas or facts.

What Makes Your Writing Acceptable?

Suitable paraphrasing:

  • Correctly relays the info in your source, but uses your own words.
  • Lets the reader know the source of the facts you have learned.
  • Records the info in the original passage correctly.
  • Gives proper credit for the ideas in the source.

Some Quick Tips

  • Anything that comes straight from your source (book, article, etc.) should be put in quotations.
  • Paraphrase, but don't just re-order or replace a few words. You should read over what you want to paraphrase closely, close the text so you can't see it, and then write out the idea in your own words.
  • Check your paraphrase against your source text to be sure you have not used the same phrases or words, and that what you have written is correct.

How Do I Avoid Plagiarism?

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