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What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is taking credit for someone else's words or ideas, intentionally or unintentionally. This is not as simple as it sounds. While it may be deliberate, it could happen unintentionally if you don't completely understand the concept of plagiarism, or if you are simply careless. This is no excuse! It is your responsibility to know exactly what constitutes plagiarism.The links below will help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid it.
All of these things are examples of plagiarism:
- Copying a passage, word for word, from a source without citing it
- Paraphrasing a passage from a source without citing it
- Using a unique phrase from a source without quotation marks
- Using statistics, graphs, or tables in your paper without citing the original source
- Citing a direct quote taken from a source, but not enclosing it in quotation marks
The links below will help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Interactive Copyright Tutorial
Here you will find an overview of the elements of copyright, followed by how the Library's resources can assist you.
Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial
Montgomery College Libraries has developed this wonderful plagiarism tutorial that will teach you about academic integrity and plagiarism. After going through the pages of information, feel free to test your knowledge through the free quiz!
Academic Integrity at MIT
This comprehensive online student handbook from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology details how to avoid plagiarism, cheating, and other modes of academic dishonesty.
Accredited Schools Online - Guide to Preventing Plagiarism
This guide of resources will assist students with preventing plagiarism by offering an assortment of plagiarism examples and tools. From plagiarism FAQ's to identifying plagiarism to proper citation and best practices, this guide is sure to promote academic integrity.
Cornell University's Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz
How much do you know about academic honesty? Test your knowledge by going through Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences interactive plagiarism tutorial. Log in as a guest to take the quiz.
Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices
The Council of Writing Program Administrators offers a Best Practices document that will assist in defining plagiarism. Feel free to download the PDF!
Easybib's "What is Plagiarism" Infographic
Check out Easybib's easy to follow infographic asking if you are or are not plagiarizing.
How to Avoid Plagirarism with 3 Simple Tricks
If you already know about the basics of plagiarism, then learn how to avoid plagiarism in this video. Follow the 3 easy steps to make sure your paper is plagiarism-free.
How to Recognize Plagiarism: Tutorials and Tests
Visit Indiana University's plagiarism tutorial that was revamped just this year! You can even watch a video of a teacher meeting with a student who plagiarized!
Online Plagiarism Checker
This website provides a wealth of information and helpful writing tutorials for students, faculty, business professionals, and more!
OWL - Online Writing Lab at Purdue University
Visit Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL), to learn more about plagiarism, to take paraphrasing exercises, to help with citing sources, and much more!
The mission of this site is to "help people all over the world prevent plagiarism and restore integrity into written work." Through the use of many articles, links, and information explaining the types of plagiarism, FAQ's, and how to properly cite sources, Plagiarism.org is helping educational institutions manage plagiarism.
Plagiarism Advice Webinars
Visit Plagiarismadvice.org to view six various webinars on the following topics: "A Quick Guide to Referencing," "Identifying Plagiarism in Student Work," "Using Electronic Sources," "Case Processing," "Reducing Plagiarism through Assessment Design," and "Why Do Students Plagiarise?"
This blog available through the Plagiarismcheck.org site provides many helpful articles and infographics that will surely help you understand what plagiarism is and how you can prevent it from happening.
Play the "Goblin Threat" plagiarism game created by Lycoming College's Snowden Library. Just search for the goblins and answer each corresponding plagiarism question. Find all the goblins and answer the questions correctly to win!
Plagiarism Today is a blog run by Copyright and Plagiarism Consultant Jonathan Bailey, with a focus on writing about plagiarism and copyright related news, particularly as such news applies to plagiarism on the internet.
ReadWriteThink - Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, & Paraphrasing
This site provides a lesson plan full of print outs, student interactive tools, PowerPoint presentations, and websites. The ReadWriteThink site was brought to you by the International Literacy Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Tips to Avoid Accidental Plagiarism Video
This YouTube video will provide you with tips on how you can avoid plagiarism. Produced by Editage Insights, this company is "a one-stop, cross-discipline learning and knowledge-sharing portal for academics, researchers, journals, and research publication professionals."
If you are a faculty member*, please set up an account with Turnitin to check for plagiarism in your student's papers. Turnitin allows the instructor or the student to submit and check their paper for plagiarism. * To get set up with a Turnitin account, please contact Senior Director, Library Services, Robin Bernstein - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turnitin Plagiarism Quiz
Want to test your plagiarism knowledge? Take this 14-question Turnitin quiz to test your academic integrity!
Vaughan Memorial Library Plagiarism Tutorial
This interactive tutorial from Arcadia University walks students through the processes involved in ethical researching and academic writing, with the intent of avoiding plagiarism. Adobe Flash is required, and headphones are recommended.
The Visual Communication Guy - Did I Plagiarize?
Visit "The Visual Communication Guy" website to learn about "The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations." This article includes an excellent flowchart infographic detailing the severity of plagiarism.
The Visual Communication Guy - Facts About College Plagiarism
Take a look at this infographic to read about the different types of plagiarism found in colleges.
The Visual Communication Guy - The Thirteen Types of Plagiarism
The Visual Communication Guy has done it again and created another helpful infographic, this time to help us determine the 13 types of plagiarism! Browse through the shades of red, orange, and yellow in this infographic to learn a little more about each kind.