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Plagiarism can be unintentional or intentional when ideas, text, and creative work are used but not cited in academic, professional, and personal work.
Common forms of plagiarism can include:
Passing off another’s ideas or work as your own
Copying and pasting without citing the original source
Using media files, such as image, audio, or video files, without citing them
How will you know if something is common knowledge? Consider:
Can it be found in many different places?
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: