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Understanding Plagiarism: Definition & Tutorial

P. Caldeira & M. Traylor

You Quote It, You Note It (Tutorial)

This interactive site is meant to help you understand what is and is not plagiarism. It does a good job of explaining why something is plagiarism and how to fix it. The tutorial takes about 10 minutes. This site requires Flash.

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using someone else's work without giving him or her credit.  "Work" includes text, ideas, images, videos, and audio. In the academic world, you must follow these rules:

  • When you use the exact words, you must use quotation marks and provide a citation.
  • When you put the information into your own words, you must provide a citation. 
  • When you use an image, audio, or video created by someone else, you must provide a citation.

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. Penalties can range from failing the assignment to being expelled from school. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources - both within the body of your paper and in a bibliography of sources you used at the end of your paper.

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