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learn to AVOID PLAGIARISM (from our How to Research a Topic guide).


What is Plagiarism?

From Webster's Third New International Dictionary: Plagiarize - \'pla-je-,riz also j - -\ vb -rized; -rizĀ·ing vt [plagiary] : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (a created production) without crediting the source vi: to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

Three Basic Varieties

  1. Using another's words without giving credit.
  2. Using another's ideas -- paraphrasing or simply changing words around -- without giving credit.
  3. Citing sources that weren't used in the paper, or making up references.

Why Do Students Plagiarize?

From the University of Alberta Libraries:

How Do They Plagiarize?