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Online Reference: Writing and Presenting

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using someone else's work and presenting it as your own without giving credit or documenting the original source. A work or source can include both published material (books, articles, websites, movies, videos, dvds, cds, etc.) and unpublished material (interviews, lecture notes, etc.).

Avoiding Plagiarism

Ann Raimes clearly outlines the ways that writers neglect to credit the sources used in their research papers:

In the academic world, you will be perceived as plagiarizing if you

  • include in your own essay a passage, an identifiable phrase, or an idea that you have copied from someone else's work without acknowledging and documenting your source
  • use exactly the same sequence of ideas and organization of argument as your source
  • fail to put an author's words inside quotation marks
  • use in your paper long sections that have been rewritten by a friend or tutor
  • buy, find, or receive a paper that you turn in as your own work (84-85)


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