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Knowing what is and what isn't plagiarism can be a tricky matter. Use this guide to find out how to avoid plagiarism.
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Stealing & Copyright

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Paraphrasing Guides

Paraphrasing Examples

  • How to Paraphrase a Source
    The University of Wisconsin - Madison gives general advice and methods of paraphrasing with examples.
    There are also links to two paraphrases, one follows the source too closely and the other is a legitimate paraphrase.
  • How to Recognize Plagiarism
    Indiana University Bloomington's School of Education has developed an excellent guide on how to paraphrase correctly. There are 5 pages to this guide, so be sure to continue from page 1 through to page 5.
    Clear explanations as to why one paraphrase is considered plagiarism and another not.
  • Paraphrasing & Summarizing
    The University of Arkansas's Quality Writing Center has a good set of handouts on plagiarism. This one provides guidelines for paraphrasing plus examples of incorrect and correct samples of summarizing.
  • Successful vs. unsuccessful paraphrase
    In another handout, UW-Madison's Writing Center focuses on how to put a passage from an author into your own words.
 

What is Plagiarism?

What You Need To Know

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas.  But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense.

Plagiarism is stealing or using the writing or ideas of others as if they are one's own.  The word comes from the Latin, plagium, which means "kidnapping."

But can words and ideas really be stolen? According to U.S. law, the answer is yes.

The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like inventions. 

Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way - such as a book or an article or a computer file or music.


All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someones work as your own
  • copying words or ideas without giving proper credit
  • failing to put in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit of not
  • self-plagiarism - turning in one paper to two classes or reusing a paper previously written by you.

Any time you borrow from an original source and don't give proper credit, you have committed plagiarism and violated U.S. copyright laws.

Source: adapted from Plagiarism dot org.  "What is plagiarism?" http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_what_is_plagiarism.html

Academic Misconduct

Student Code of Conduct: Plagiarism

 "Note: An instructor may impose a grade penalty for academic misconduct and/or file a student conduct referral."

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