Definition of plagiarize:
Plagiarize \'pla-je-,riz also j - -\ vb -rized ; -riz·ing vt [ plagiary ] : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (a created production) without crediting the source vi: to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source - pla·gia·riz·er n
(Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary 9th ed , Springfield, Ma: Merriam 1981, p. 870).
How to avoid plagiarism:
|You can avoid plagiarism by taking notes (rather than copying exact passages) and by attributing the sources of ideas and wording that you copy. (This simply means that you include a citation to credit the original author.) |
When do you cite a source?
You must cite sources for ideas that are not your own, including words, graphics, illustrations, photographs, maps, etc.
How do you cite within your paper?
|Include parenthetical citations in the body of your paper that attribute the information to the original source or author(s). A parenthetical citation is basically the source name and page number written in parenthesis ( ) at the end of the quoted or paraphrased information. Consult an APA or MLA guide for details about creating in-text or parenthetical citations.|
Works Cited List
|At the end of your paper include a bibliography or list of the works you cited in your paper. Consult an APA or MLA guide for details about formatting the works cited listing.|
|Ask your school librarian or visit the websites listed below to learn more about plagiarism and ways to avoid it. |
Walks you through the process helping you to know when to cite, how to paraphrase and quote information, and how to create both in text citations and the works cited page. Click on "How to Cite" to see examples of in-text citations.
UNC Writing Center Handout
Explains plagiarism and outlines steps to avoid it; includes examples of note taking and explanations of when and how to cite sources; and includes links to MLA and APA citation guidelines.
To see examples of in-text citations, consult UNC's "Citation Tutorial" tutorial.
|http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/cite/works_cited.htm Provides easy to read explanations and examples for creating a works cited list in either MLA OR APA format. (To se examples of in-text citations, click on "Citing Sources" on the left hand site map and then select "Citing Sources Within Your Paper." ) |
Purdue's Online Writing Lab
OWL – Online Writing Lab from Purdue University provides excellent support for all facets of research as well as job search and professional writing: grammar and mechanices, style, organization, citing sources, and more. (Click here for help with citations: MLA or APA .)
Berkeley University provides charted examples of citations from a variety of sources. Once in the site, you can choose to view examples of APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian. The site also includes tips on avoiding plagarism. (Click here for help with citations: APA or MLA .)
Plagiarism Stoppers: A Teacher's Guide
Links to information on plagiarism, how to detect it, how to stop it, how to educate about it.