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Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using someone else's words, ideas, or work and claiming that it is your own or failing to give them proper credit.  The chart on this page explains the variety of plagiarism, which includes intentional, self-plagiarism, and unintentional.

Intentional Plagiarism:  Taking credit for someone's work, when you understand that what you're doing is wrong

  • Using a paper from the internet
  • Copying someone else's paper
  • Copying large amounts of someone else's work and putting it into your text.

Self-Plagiarism: Reusing your own work in a different context

  • Using a paper that you've already written for a different course
  • Using large parts of another one of your papers without your professor's permission

Unintentional Plagiarisim:  Not giving someone else credit for their work, even if you didn't understand that what you're doing is wrong

  • Not properly citing your sources either in your paper or in your Works Cited page
  • Paraphrasing a work with language that is too close to the original 
  • Not citing a class discussion or discussion with a classmate because you didn't realize that you needed to