Avoiding Plagiarism

Card Type: Pedagogy
Difficulty: Beginner
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Description:

Plagiarism is the practice of using another person’s words or ideas without providing proper credit and presenting them as one’s own work.

Purpose:

Understanding and avoiding plagiarism will improve the quality of student’s writing and avoid academic dishonesty and fraud.

Procedure:

  • Keep track of and document all sources used.
  • Keep your notes, sources, and writing separate to avoid accidentally using uncited content.
  • Cite your sources. Anything that is not common knowledge or your own ideas requires a citation. When in doubt, cite it.
  • Use quotations for any words or phrases pulled directly from the source.
  • Paraphrasing must be cited. Paraphrasing changes the words and sentence structure of source material, but not the idea.
  • Make clear distinctions between your own ideas and your source’s.
  • Material from your own past work must also be cited to avoid self-plagiarism.
  • Use a plagiarism checker to compare your work against existing sources.

Considerations:  

  • Plagiarism is not limited to text. Using media such as images, video, and music without providing credit also constitutes plagiarism.
  • Common knowledge, information generally known by the reader, does not require citation.

Level: Beginner

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