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Plagiarism Help

Plagiarism.org describes plagiarism as

  • "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source" (2014).


  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation 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 or not (see our section on "fair use" rules)" (Plagiarism.org, 2014).

If you correctly cite your sources using APA format, as I did above by putting quotes and describing where I found the information (the website plagiarism.org, and the year that the information was published), then you can avoid plagiarizing. The main point is to give credit to your sources when the information is theirs, and not try to pass the information off as your own. This is why APA style is used when writing academic papers, and why correct citations are so important.

Reference:  Plagiarism.org. (2014). What is Plagiarism? Retrieved from http://plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism

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Useful Websites

Understanding Plagiarism from CSU Long Beach. Includes a helpful Harry Potter-based explanation.