Chicano/Latino Studies: Plagiarism

An overview of researching Chicano/Latino Studies at PSU Library and beyond.

What is Plagiarism

Plagiarism is when you present someone else's words or ideas as your own. 

Plagiarism can be accidental or intentional, and is taken very seriously as a form of academic misconduct. It is important to make sure that you acknowledge when information you are presenting comes from other sources or authors. Citations are an essential part of your paper or presentation.

 Plagiarism can be:

  • Using someone else's words or ideas without giving them credit;
  • Copying images or music without permission or without proper attribution;
  • Citing the wrong source, or using incomplete or inaccurate citations;
  • Presenting someone else's work as your own;
  • Failing to acknowledge the contribution of others in collaborative work.

Avoid plagiarism by understanding what you do and do not need to cite.

Plagiarism Web sites:

Recognize Plagiarism - The Indiana U. Tutorial


This tutorial site was developed by the Instructional Systems Technology Department in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington to offer students a chance to learn how to recognize plagiarism.

  • Content Design: Theodore Frick, Elizabeth Boling
  • Test Design and Software: Andrew Barrett, Theodore Frick, Cesur Dagli
  • Interaction Analytics: Rod Myers
  • Instructional Development and Formative Evaluation: Meltem Albayrak-Karahan, Joseph Defazio, Noriko Matsumura

Avoiding Plagiarism Infographic

Flow Chart for Understanding Written Plagiarism

A Plagiarism Carol

An object lesson on the potentially life-changing consequences of plagiarism. Note: if you don't speak Norwegian, click the "cc" icon to see the English subtitles. Brought to you by the University of Bergen, Norway.

Citation Guidance on the Web

Here are web resources to learn about citation styles:

Plagiarism Quiz

Find out  more about  plagiarism as well as "best practices" for writing a research paper. Take this quiz from Stephen Bailey's Academic Writing for International Students (Routledge 2011) and receive instant feedback:

The UCLA Plagiarism Guide

UCLA created a plagiarism guide that takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Oops, I Plagiarized

Ooops I plagiarized

Credit Where Credit is Due Video