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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is:

  • Quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing without adequate citation
  • Purchasing a pre-written paper
  • Letting someone else write a paper for you
  • Paying someone else to write a paper for you.

When to give credit

Give credit when:

  • Quoting - including words, images, charts, and graphs
  • Paraphrasing - a (usually) shorter description
  • Summarizing - giving only the main points

Tips for avoiding plagiarism

  • Do your research (especially when you think something is your own idea).
  • Remember that quotes, paraphrasing, and summaries should be rare in your papers; you need to be the primary voice (but when in doubt use a citation).
  • Follow style requirements (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Plan ahead: make a schedule for yourself so you have adequate time to complete assignments
  • Ask for extensions on assignments that you cannot complete in time
  • Ask for clarification from professors and instructors, take advantage of office hours!
  • Talk with group members about expectations for assignments; choose your groups carefully
  • It’s better to get a zero on an assignment than a zero in the course, or worse…
  • Keep your projects, back-up your computer files