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
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
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