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What Is Plagiarism?
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
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?
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. Put it in your own words. Be able to close the text so you can't see it and 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?
SCC offers the
SafeAssign plagiarism prevention tool to faculty.
Instructors should contact the
Tech. Services Help Desk at (336) 386-3434 with any questions.
Free Plagiarism Detectors
Location: R Building, 630 S. Main St., Dobson, NC 27017
Phone: 336-386-3259, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org