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. The act is a violation of trust and the consequences are serious.
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