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This page explains plagiarism and provides resources to help students avoid it.
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why Cite Sources?


All About Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using the words and ideas of someone else and presenting them as your own. It may be unintentional, but having a scholarly conversation requires trust and honesty.

For example, you must cite when using:

  • Another person’s ideas, words, opinions
  • Any facts, graphs, drawings, … ANY kind of information that is not common knowledge
  • Quotations: another person’s spoken or written words
  • Paraphrases: minimally changing another persons words or ideas

       More information


Forms of Plagiarism

  • Handing in a paper done by someone else
  • Copying text from a website and pasting it into your document
  • Using facts, statistics, etc. without acknowledging the source
  • Handing in the same paper for two different assignments
  • Using the results of someone else’s research as if it were your own

      For examples 


How to Avoid plagiarism

  • Keep accurate records during the research process [author, title, place of publication, publisher, date, etc.]
  • Put quotations marks around any words copied verbatim into your notes

       Take a tutorial (Recommended by Walsh faculty)
       Side by side comparison of correct citation method vs. plagiarism of a passage



Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial

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