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Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoid Plagiarism

When you present someone else's work or ideas as your own, that is plagiarism, whether accidental or intentional.  Plagiarism is taken seriously as a form of academic misconduct. Citations are an essential part of your paper or presentation.

Plagiarism can be:

  • Copying someone's words without giving them credit;
  • Using someone's ideas or concepts without giving them credit;
  • Misrepresenting someone's ideas or concepts;
  • Copying images or music without permission or without proper attribution;
  • Citing incorrectly by citing the wrong source or having incomplete or inaccurate citations;
  • Failing to acknowledge the contribution of others in work produced collaboratively.

Take a look at the webpage Quoting and Paraphrasing for more guidance.

Watch this video, Credit Where Credit is Due, for more information about plagiarism.