How do I avoid plagiarism?
Plagiarism is when you present someone else's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is taken very seriously as academic misconduct. So, you must acknowledge and cite when you use information taken from other people.
Plagiarism takes many forms, including:
- Copying someone's words without giving them credit.
- Taking a quote from a source, changing a few words, and then presenting it as your own.
- Using or repeating someone's ideas or concepts without giving them credit.
- Copying images or music without permission or without proper attribution.
- Intentionally presenting someone else's work as your own, including copying other students' works or submitting papers you did not write.
Avoiding plagiarism in your writing:
- Are your own words and ideas being used? You are not plagiarizing.
- Are you copying someone else's phrases or sentences? Did you use quotation marks and cite the source in the text and the bibliography? You are not plagiarizing.
- Are you presenting someone else's ideas using your own words? Did you cite the source in your text and the bibliography? You are not plagiarizing.