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International Student Services: Avoid plagiarism

Plagiarism: what is it?

Defined most simply, plagiarism is using someone else's content (words, music, image, etc.) as if it came from you. For example, it would be dishonest to use this image (even when used for educational purposes) without giving credit for it:

[ definition of plagiarism image ]
Credit: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarism

How to avoid plagiarizing accidentally

1) Keep direct quotes in a separate document from your working document.
‚Äč2) Keep track of all sources consulted.
3) When in doubt, check your paper/project against the wording within the sources.

Paraphrasing an author's words

  • Paraphrase an author's words by stating his or her ideas in your own words.
  • Compare your paraphrased writing with the author's exact words to make sure you have not copied phrases or sentences from the author.
  • Always provide a citation for the paraphrased ideas.
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