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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when someone uses and takes credit for another's work.

If you would like to reference or use another's idea in your own work, you MUST give credit to the original owner. This is done using a citation format such as MLA, APA, or AMA.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Examples of Plagiarism

Plagiarism can take many forms. Here are some common examples:

  • Making a direct copy of another’s work without appropriate citation. This includes books, articles, the work of other students, and information from the World Wide Web.
  • Turning in a paper that was not written by you, but that you take credit for. If your mom, friend, coworker, tutor, etc. wrote your paper, turning it in is cheating/plagiarizing. If you produced work in conjunction with others, such as another student or a tutor, you must include appropriate citation.
  • Turning in an assignment that was downloaded (for free or for a fee) from an online "Paper Mill," or a website that offers free copies of other students' work.
  • Resubmitting one’s own work as new, following previous submission for credit in another class or other context.
  • Closely imitating, without citation, the creative work of another in a creative work of artistic merit.