What is Plagiarism?
Common forms of plagiarism can include:
• Passing off another’s ideas or work as your own
• Fabricating citations
• Copying, cutting and pasting without citing the original source
• Paraphrasing incorrectly
• Using media files, such as image, audio or video files, without citing them
How will you know if something is common knowledge? Consider:
1) Can it be found in many different places?
2) Is it widely known by a lot of different people?
Use your common sense — when in doubt, ask!
Tips to Avoid Plagiarism
Consider using tools to help organize your research and keep your information in one place. Try keeping track of what you're quoting or paraphrasing in a “research journal.” Some great suggestions for free, online options at:
If you just want to track your citations (without notes), use online tools like Zotero or EndNote Online
• Cite your sources (direct quotes and paraphrasing) as you write your rough draft. Refer back to your research journal for accuracy
• Use style guides to cite in the correct format. Ask a librarian about how can save you time!
• When in doubt, cite it! Cite all outside sources except for common knowledge.
If you still have questions about when to cite, check with your instructor.
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