Avoiding Plagiarism

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About Plagiarism

"It's like lip-synching to someone else's voice and accepting the applause and rewards for yourself." Purdue Owl

Plagiarism is stealing someone else's words or ideas and passing them off as your own. In the process of synthesizing research material into original texts, students often forget that they must say where they got the information from (citing the source). It is easier to remember to cite a direct quotation since its form (a word for word passage in quotation marks) reminds us that we did not write it. But we must also cite information that we paraphrase (put into our own words) or summarize (shorten). And if we integrate tables or graphs into our work, we must cite them also.


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2004 Pat Schulze and Dawn Hogue