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Plagiarism: About Plagiarism

Infomation about plagiarism, citations, and paraphrasing.

What is Plagiarism?

"The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (2018). In OED Online, Oxford University Press, Retrieved from

Plagiarism Is...

This guide will introduce students to the concept of plagiarism and strategies for avoiding it.

Plagiarism Guide

Dishonesty in Academics


All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • 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

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About this Guide

This guide was adapted from one originally created by James Emond, Reference & Instruction Librarian at Bristol Community College

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